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Running Head EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
Running Head: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
Early Childhood Education and Care
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Children in early childhood require plenty of love, care and attention to feel secure and happy. In this essay I discuss the theories that I find most useful when dealing with babies and those that I would actually apply when entrusted with their care.
The theories that I believe would be most useful in my understanding of child development are those put forward by Penelope Leach (2013), that is, that babies don’t judge the way adults do, that there are indeed certain babies who don’t like being held and that there are babies who can never find a reason to be happy. This is because not all babies are the same and some have their unique personality traits which need to be understood before getting stressed when handling them.
I personally agree the most with the theory of Penelope Leach (2013), that children are non-judgmental and that parents should stop worrying when their kids start crying.
An effective and new child development theory that I can apply when working with children, is that put forward by Britto et al. (2017), that is, that not all babies like being held or cuddled.
Babies need to be given their own space to grow and get independent. I don’t believe that I can do a lot of good for babies by mollycoddling them and giving them whatever they want, including my attention, at all times.
When handling very young children or babies, I will follow a strategy that aims at getting children to put in effort and be persistent. If an infant is unable to reach his toy, I will allow him to try his best to reach it by making the effort to crawl over to it and be persistent enough to get it.
Britto, P. R., Lye, S. J., Proulx, K., Yousafzai, A. K., Matthews, S. G., Vaivada, T., ... & MacMillan, H. (2017). Nurturing care: promoting early childhood development. The Lancet, 389(10064), 91-102.
Leach, P. (2013). Your baby and child. Knopf.