CCLD MU 2.2 Contribute to the support of child and young person development.
3.1. Describe the different transitions children and young people may experience.
“Transition – any significant stage or experience in the life of a child or young person that can affect his or her behaviour and/or development.” (Meggitt, 2011, page 94) To understand better how transitions affect children, think of how transitions affect you. Imagine what it feels like to be told to stop doing something when you are not ready; when it is someone else’s idea and not your own. Think also how it feels to make several changes in just one day- it can be exhausting even for an experienced adult.
There are several types of transitions children and young people may experience:
Emotional – this can include personal experiences such as death of a family member or a pet, parents separating, starting new school/nursery, new baby in family, new home;
Physical transition, i.e. change of environment. This could include anything from arrival to the nursery from home, free play, eating times, clean up, going outside to moving to a different country/home/school;
Intellectual – maturation, moving from one developmental stage to the next one, moving from one educational establishment to another. This includes learning to speak, count, read, write, etc;
Physiological – such as puberty, illness, disability.
3.2. Explain how to give adult support for each of these transitions.
Children transition better when they are prepared: they know what is about to change, they know what they will need to do, and they have caring adults to help. Some ideas on preparing for transitions follow below:
Be supportive, attentive, and nurturing. Transitions work well for children when they feel well cared for and nurtured. Children are also less anxious when they trust their caregivers and know they are non-judgmental. Respond to children’s needs with reassurance, gentleness, and kindness. Develop positive...