Child development is one of the commitments to the EYFS principle of 'A Unique Child'. This commitment includes information about how babies and children mature at different rates and at different points in their live. Both babies and children are vulnerable and become confident if they have support from others.
1.2 Inclusive Practice
The explanation of this commitment includes information about childrens rights and how they should be treated fairly regardless of their age,gender,religion or abilities. All children are citizens and also do have rights wether they are in the practice or not.
1.3 Keeping Safe
This commitment include information about keeping babies and children safe and protected. Babies and children have very little sense of danger and can only learn about the risks from adults. However readind stories about everyday events is a good way of helping children focus on who they can trust and how to keep safe.
1.4 Health and Well-being
This commitment includes information about the growth and development of babies and children. Childrens health and well-being are affected by both the genes they inherit and the environment in which they live in.
2.1 Respecting Each Other
This commitment includes information about understanding and recognising feelings and supporting children with friendships. As us adults and children experience a wide range of feelings, children gradually learn to manage and understand their feelings with the support from the adults around them.
2.2 Parents as Partners
This commitment includes information about valuing all families. Even though families may speak more than one language at home they are still important and should be welcomed and valued in all settings. Children may live with one or both parents, with other relatives or carers or with the same sex parents but they should still be valued.
2.3 Supporting Learning
This commitment includes information about how positive interactions with all children and families. Positive interaction build respectful and caring relationships with all children and families while focusing on learning and achievement. By observing and listening we discover what children like to do and when they feel confident, scared or frustrated.
2.4 Key Person
This commitment includes information about attachment, shared care and independence. A key person develops a bond with children and offers a settled/close relationship. When children feel happy and secure they are confident to explore and to try out new things.
3.1 Observation, Assessment and Planning
This commitment includes information about observing children. Observing children is a good way finding out about children's needs, what they are intreseted in and what they can do. Analysing your observations and highlighting childrens achievements or their need for support is a good way starting with a child.
3.2 Supporting Every Child
This commitment includes information about children wanting sensitive, knowledgeable adults who know when and how to engage their interests and how to offer support at different times as children benefit from a range of experiences.
3.3 The Learning Environment
This commitment includes information about how adults need to empathise with children and support their emotions. Also an indoor environment provides a safe, secure yet challenging space for children .For some children, the indoor environment is like a second 'home', providing a place for activity, rest, eating and sleeping, However outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active.
3.4 The Wider Context
This commitment includes information about how children's social, emotional and educational needs are central between one setting or another or within one setting. As some children and their parents will find transition times stressful, others will enjoy the experience.
4.1 Play and Exploration