Children show their feelings in different ways. You may know from children’s actions that they are scared. Some children suck their thumbs or chew on their fingernails. Others complain about stomachaches or headaches. Because you know the children in your care, you might notice changes in their behavior. These might be clues that they are scared.
Normal age-related fears
Children of all ages have fears. Their fears are different at different ages, though. Small babies are scared by loud noises. Babies also go through a time when they are afraid of people they do not know. Preschoolers are often scared of the dark or of spiders. School-age children might be afraid of staying home alone or of burglars. Each age has its own common fears. You will see some fears while the children are in your care. You may see that the children are afraid of spiders or leaving their parents. But as a provider you may not have a chance to see some of the other fears. For example, you may not notice fear of the dark or baths.
you probably know, children are likely to have many common fears. Most
children will grow out of these fears. Here is a list of common age-related
a childcare provider, there are ways you can help. There are things you
can do so children learn to cope
with their fears.
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