Psychological Needs Of A 3 Year Old

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Explain what constitutes the physical and psychological needs of a three year old child.

Explain how these needs can ideally be met in a childcare settingDefine physical needs * Briefly define what is meant by physical needs, including exercise and rest, diet, health and safety * Identify the specific physical needs of a three year old.Give a full explanation of the steps carers should ideally take to fulfil these physical needs. * Consider for example, how you could provide for gross and fine motor skills. Also think about safety issues (such as appropriate clothing for specific weather conditions), access to fresh air and ventilation in classrooms, opportunities for rest, etc. * Give practical examples of what a
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Storage facilities, cooking methods, and handling of foods must also be properly examined. These are all things which can have an effect on a child's physical well-being. A practitioner must always be on alert for potential cross contamination and be aware of correct storage methods of food products, which in turn will minimize risks of poisoning, and transmission of diseases.

As mentioned, fresh air, a safe environment and rest are also some of the many needs which must be provided to 3 year old child in childcare. Breathing fresh air helps maintain good health for every child, especially those who have been identified to be sufferers of allergies or asthma. Fresh air provides the brain with 'good' oxygen which is vital to the brain functioning efficiently, and as the brain is the main organ controlling the actions of the body, a well fuelled brain means a child will be more physically active and alert. This then promotes exercise which helps a child's coordination and muscle development. Through planning activities outside, such as walks in the park, a childcare provider is meeting some of the essential needs of its children. A good activities plan combined with rest then enables a child the ability to regain their energy and learn with their maximum potential.

There are also added benefits which are gained form a child participating in outdoor activities. Vitamin D is something which is not