How can I help children and parents at childcare drop-off time?

Morn­ings can be tough, espe­cial­ly for fam­i­lies new to child care or start­ing a new care arrange­ment. Say­ing good-bye can be ago­niz­ing for chil­dren and their par­ents. Our course, Par­ents and Child Care, helps you help fam­i­lies pre­pare for and over­come the sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety many fam­i­lies expe­ri­ence when start­ing a new pro­gram. Share the fol­low­ing tips withCon­tin­ue read­ing “How can I help chil­dren and par­ents at child­care drop-off time?”

Why do infants bite?

Inci­dents of bit­ing in ear­ly child care can be alarm­ing for every­one involved: the child who bit, the child who was bit­ten, the care­giv­er, and the fam­i­lies of the chil­dren. Bit­ing can hap­pen with­out warn­ing, even when a care­giv­er is near­by. As unpleas­ant as it is, bit­ing is a nor­mal phase that some chil­dren goCon­tin­ue read­ing “Why do infants bite?”

How can I help children treat each other fairly?

Chil­dren are always learn­ing and observ­ing from the world around them. This includes every­thing from the way you react to their mis­takes to stereo­types in our soci­ety. It is your role as a child­care provider to notice children’s stereo­typ­i­cal atti­tudes, the stereo­typ­i­cal com­ments they make, and their actions that stem from these atti­tudes. By help­ingCon­tin­ue read­ing “How can I help chil­dren treat each oth­er fairly?”

How can I support young children’s social-emotional development?

Many child­care providers often won­der how they can best sup­port how young chil­dren feel about them­selves, how they under­stand, man­age, and express their emo­tions, how they relate and inter­act with oth­er peo­ple, and how they react to social sit­u­a­tions. These rela­tion­ships and emo­tions fall with­in the domain of social-emo­­tion­al devel­op­ment. As a care­giv­er, you haveCon­tin­ue read­ing “How can I sup­port young children’s social-emo­tion­al development?”

Is time-out an appropriate discipline technique?

Many adults see time-out as a valu­able non-vio­­lent method of dis­ci­plin­ing mis­be­hav­ing chil­dren. Although this is a com­mon view, it is a mis­guid­ed one. Time-out can fos­ter hos­til­i­ty, resent­ment, and even defi­ance in a child. Children’s behav­ior that adults con­sid­er “bad” is real­ly evi­dence of some prob­lem the child is expe­ri­enc­ing. Instead of ban­ish­ing the childCon­tin­ue read­ing “Is time-out an appro­pri­ate dis­ci­pline technique?”

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