February 2020 Newsletter – Supporting Child Development

As an early learning professional, it is your ultimate goal to support the development of each and every child in your care. That is no small order.  There are many factors to consider and influences at play when you think about supporting individual children within a group of 6-30 children.

With everything that’s on your plate – from diapering and daily reports to mealtimes and medication administration – it is easy to lose sight of the big picture. Every action you take is designed to support child development, even when things seem like menial tasks.  Even tasks specifically designed to help you, like conducting assessments and compiling portfolios, can seem more like paperwork that pulls you away from your ultimate goal of supporting the development of children.

If you start to feel frustrated with all of the job responsibilities, the first steps is to realize how you are feeling.  Notice the sensations in your body and the thoughts that are running through your mind.  Make note of them, so you can recognize them in the future. Then make the intentional decision to shift your thinking. Make a connection between the task and your ultimate goal of supporting the development of every child in your care.

Use the ideas shared in this newsletter to remind you of the benefits of how to incorporate learning opportunities that promote development throughout the day.

For the article Tasks within the Physical Environment, CLICK HERE
For the article Tasks within the Daily Routine, CLICK HERE
For the article Interactions with Children, CLICK HERE
For the article Interactions with Adults, CLICK HERE