b) Ensure children are adequately clothed.
The clothes that children wear can affect the development of their self-help skills and independence.
Oliver (2.9) comes running out of the bathroom in you early childhood service, crying. He is unable to undo his overalls and has wet his pants.
What would you do and why ? * I would firstly comfort and reassure Oliver. (children who have had an accident will often be distressed by it and will need comforting). * I would treat the situation with sensitivity. (the worst thing that can happen to them, worse than being wet, smelly and uncomfortable, is to feel embarrassment in front of the other children and/or their carer. * I would praise him for trying. (positive reinforcement in situations like this is imperative so as to avoid the possibility of a child regressing with his toileting). * I would discreetly escort Oliver to the bathroom (some centres ask that when removing a child’s clothing that you have another staff member present). * I would put on gloves and remove soiled clothing, place in a plastic bag, secure label and store correctly. * I would change Oliver into his clean clothes as quickly and quietly as practicable with a minimum of fuss and dressed appropriately. * Remove gloves and wash hands. I would ask Oliver to do the same and explain to him the importance of keeping up with good hygiene practices. * I would organize to speak to Oliver’s parents when they come in to collect him , because : * It is important for you and the centre to know what Oliver’s parent’s think about what matters in the relation to clothing. There may be cultural, religious issues related to the clothing Oliver wears which you and the centre need to be aware of. Honest respectful, two way communication can help you, the centre and Oliver’s parent’s learn about each other’s perspective, and can increase the knowledge and understanding by all working together. This will help ensure that the clothing and dressing practices support the best outcomes for Oliver.
c) Settling new arrivals.
James (1.11) months has only ever been cared for by his mother. She is returning to work part-time and James will be starting in your service in two weeks time.
Discuss what you will do; 1. Before James commences care. 2. In the mornings during his first few months in attendance.
1. Before James commences care I would work with James’s Mum to plan a series of visits to support James and his Mum to familiarise them with the