is most appealing about young folks, after all, is the changes, not
the still photograph of finished character but the movie, the soul in
flux." -- Thomas Pynchon, contemporary
As a childcare provider, you have special responsibilities for the growth and development of the children in your care. Your job is to give children experiences that will help them grow. You also should watch for problems in growth and development. You—along with the children’s family members, teachers, and friends—know the children best. You can work together to plan learning experiences and to help a child when something is not right.
Articles in this section of the Provider-Parent Partnerships website describe child growth and development in many areas. The information will help you know what to expect. It will help you explain to parents why their children act the way they do. Toys, games, and activities are easier to choose if you understand the stages of child development. That understanding also can help you and the parents to feel less stressed. If you know that most children do some things at a certain age, you will know that you don’t need to change that behavior. You will understand that it is not your fault that the child is doing that.
By understanding normal development, you can tell when a child’s development is not right. Because you see many different children in your work, you might notice things that parents will not notice. It can be very hard to tell a parent that there might be a problem, though. This section will give you guidelines to help you talk to parents about their children’s development.
Remember that you and the parents need to work together to understand and support children’s development. You will understand a child better if you talk to the parents about what the child does at home. The parents will understand the child better if they talk with you about what the child does in childcare. Teamwork can be a powerful tool to help children grow and develop in positive ways!
How Children Think
Children Have Special Needs
For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at email@example.com
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