1.1) Development is holistic. There are many various areas of development and each area of development is individual in its own right. Even though they are individual, all of the areas of development are interlinked and they do not operate separately. To conduct activities and to partake in everyday occurrences, more than one single area of development is needed and involved in order to participate during these everyday events. It is important that as a childcare practitioner, these areas of development are recognised and understood so the services and activities we provide can be adapted and therefore, made appropriate for the child in order for them to grow and develop the necessary skills to develop to their full potential.
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The child’s way of thinking is still connected to concrete objects as to what is seen. Through the use of words, the child begins to make order of things and may start to predict what is going to happen. The child of this age shows an interest and start to participate in role play or make believe as they become more imaginative with their play. Starts to recognise parts of the body, colours, count without assistance to ten or more and can recognise several rhymes or songs and participate in them.
Social, emotional and behavioural development 0-3 years
1-6 months:- Responds to primary carer by smiling and is most content when near familiar carers/ mother. Expresses pleasure by using whole body movements. Is friendly towards any interested adult or child and enjoys games with them. Becomes less self-centred and starts to react more to the surroundings but shows a dislike to loud noises and cries when uncomfortable or annoyed. By 6 months, children tend to sleep less than before and want more company to play with. Still usually friendly to strangers but can be shy or anxious when approached especially if the main carer is out of sight. Watches movements of other people, shows an interest in wanting to start feeding themselves with their fingers.
9 months:- Turns in the direction of the mothers voice and gets upset when separated from the primary carer, holds arms up to be lifted. Is happy and sociable with familiars but may show shyness towards