Lifespan Studies: Cognitive, Language, Social and Emotional, Physical and Holistic Development, and Discuss How Te Whariki Supports and Promotes the Development of Each Domain in the Early Childhood Sector.

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This essay will describe five developmental domains, Cognitive, Language, Social and Emotional, Physical and Holistic Development, and discuss how Te Whariki supports and promotes the development of each domain in the early childhood sector.

The definition of Cognitive Development as stated by the Encyclopaedia of Children's Health, is the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving and decision-making from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. According to Vygotsky, infants are endowed with basic perceptual, attention and memory capacities that they share with animals. These develop during the first two years through direct contact with the environment. Then rapid growth of language leads to a
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Social and emotional milestones are, as stated on The Whole Child website, often harder to pinpoint than signs of physical development. This area emphasises many skills that increase self-awareness and self-regulation. Research shows that social skills and emotional development (reflected in the ability to pay attention, make transitions from one activity to another, and cooperrate with others) are a very important part of being ready for school. Social and Emotional Development includes milestones such as following simple instructions, sharing, turn-taking and using objects symbollically in their play. Te Whariki “builds on the child's own experiences, knowledge, skills, attitudes, needs, interests and views of the world within each particular setting. Children will have the oppurtunity to create and act on their own ideas, to develop knowledge and skills in areas that interest them, and to make an increasing number of their own decisions and judgments”
(MoE, p. 40). By empowering the children to make their own decisions and create their own learning oppurtunities Te Whariki is acknowledging and supporting the children's right and need for social and emotional development.

Spirituality as defined by Meggit (1999), is the developing sense of relating to

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