Promote Positive Behaviour Among Children

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Promote positive behaviour Communicate to child, positive and realistic expectations of their behaviour Different ages, different stages, different behaviours As a professional in childhood development, you need to be aware of how children at different ages behave in very different ways. You will also need to be aware of the different developmental stages of children within different ages. We will look at how behaviour and development are intricately linked. An understanding of child development allows us to have appropriate expectations of children’s behaviour. For example, in the past it was believed that children should be seen and not heard. However this expectation did not take into account that children: • • • • are naturally curious about the world learn through actions and word use their senses to learn about their world are social beings who have a need to communicate with others. Activity 1 Expected behaviours Having unrealistic expectations of a child’s behaviour can cause stress for you and the child. It is important that you are continually revising the expectations you have of children’s behaviour as your knowledge of child development increases. Activity 2a Activity 2b 1 © NSW DET 2007 Activity 2c Activity 2d Activity 2e Activity 2f Activity 2g Activity 2h Developmentally appropriate expectations You have already looked at what children can usually do at a particular age—the expectations you have of your child should be realistic. Would you expect a toddler to share their bike? Children do not have the cognitive ability to understand the concept of sharing. They want what they want and they usually have difficulty waiting for anything. We can introduce the concept of sharing but we can never expect a toddler to share. Never expect a toddler to share cli Would you expect a three year old to understand that
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