Social and Emotional Competence:
As a parent, your relationship with your child is the strongest influence on their healthy growth and development. What we also know to be critical for all children is the development of their social and emotional competence, which is why this is a strong focus of our Excel Education Program.
It’s in a child’s early years that brain connections
are made and patterns formed
which continue into our adult lives and determine our understanding of appropriate behavior (our own and that of others), and how we build and maintain healthy relationships. To develop your child’s social competence
and emotional well-being
, they’ll be cherished at Kindercare through kind, respectful care, which acknowledges their feelings, values different cultural perspectives and supports your child through intentional, focused attention in a calm, fun-filled environment.
Social and Emotional Development in Babies and Toddlers:
For your baby or toddler, our curriculum is not about “formal education”. At this young age, our relationship with your baby/toddler is the curriculum.
The relationship, and a culture of kindness, are our focus. How do we do this?
Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers:
You Can Do It:
- Respectful care moments throughout the day – it’s in those moments of “routine” that there are precious opportunities for us to listen to your baby, smile and make eye contact and invite them to participate in what we are doing – like changing their nappy, giving them a bottle – these are times when they have our full attention, so we can build the relationship.
- Rituals – your infant is taking in visual and audio information every moment they are awake. So in an environment where they are treated with tenderness, invited to share in experiences and given time to become familiar with what’s around them, they can relax and trust relationships and rituals. This minimises their stress so they’re able to lay down critical neural pathways that support their social and emotional development.
- Partnership dance in a culture of kindness – every interaction and conversation with your baby is intentional and comes from the heart, with kindness. A true partnership enables your baby to have a choice; to be presented with an invitation to participate, so it doesn’t happen “to” them, but rather “with” them.
Your preschool child needs to be prepared for school, not just cognitively, but also in terms of his/her social and emotional competence.
At Kindercare, we use the “You Can Do It”
(YCDI) program to teach preschoolers in a fun-filled way about behaviours and ways to think because these are essential for their well-being and for them to learn successfully. Using lesson plans, songs, puppets, games, posters and pictures, this flexible, adaptable program is sensitive to cultural and language backgrounds and can be tailored to your child’s age, and cognitive developmental and social emotional maturity. YCDI provides a wide range of opportunities and contexts for your preschooler to learn the following five essential social and emotional learning skills:
the ability to calm yourself, and control your behavior, within 10 minutes of being very upset, without any adult-initiated guidance and support.
the ability to listen carefully to instructions, begin your task without excessive delay, take care of your own things and take care of yourself by keeping clean and tidy.
believing in yourself that if you attempt to do something, you will be able to, for example, believe you can make friends; believe that at school, you’ll be safe and happy; not being afraid to tell people what you think; not being afraid to say what you want to do; not being afraid to make mistakes.
treating others with respect and being honest, fair and caring; working and playing well with others; solving disagreements peacefully, following the rules and looking after your environment.
keep working at something that you find difficult, and keep trying even when it feels as if it is too hard for you to do, don’t give up - even if you’re tired.