Child Health and Well-Being Parent Handbook

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[pic] The purpose of this assignment is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in a childcare setting. We have to consider the welfare of every child who will be under our care once we are working in a childcare setting. To be an effective ECCE worker it is essential that I master the skills of nappy changing, bathing a baby and other personal care routines. ECCE settings aim to meet children’s basic needs. Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs (Maslow 1954) can be useful in planning to meet these needs for the children in our service. [pic][pic] [pic] [pic] Physiological needs: the bottom layer in Maslow’s hierarchy is our physiological or basic needs. These are the needs that must be met in order to stay alive. Children need clean water and food to stay alive. The environment must be clean, hygienic and warm. They need plenty of fresh air and exercise. Children must be stimulated with toys and activities and also require quiet time for rest and sleep. Safety and security: once our physiological needs are met our need for safety and security becomes important. We need to be physically safe in our environment. We also need to feel emotionally safe. Love and belonging: once our needs for safety and security are met we need love and belonging. We need to feel loved and that we belong in a social group. The need for love and belonging can be met in an ECCE setting by operating a key worker system. Self-esteem: our need for self-esteem involves our need to feel good about ourselves. This can be met in the ECCE setting by praising children for their efforts, respecting children and displaying their work. Self-actualisation: the final layer in Maslow’s hierarchy is our need for self-actualisation. This refers to our need to fulfil our potential and ‘be all we can be’. This need can be met by providing a varied
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