Unit 2 Child Care Level 3

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E1 – Describe the development of children from the age of 0-3 years in social and emotional, and language development 0-1 years During the first year of a child’s life, emotional development is important. The baby will start to learn who their carer is and develop an emotional bond with them. When a baby has a strong emotional bond with their primary carer at the end of their first year, they’ll be comfortable when socialising with other people. When a child is aged 6-12 months, they start to understand simple instructions that have a gesture “understand simple instructions associated with a gesture, such as ‘come to daddy’, ‘clap hands’ and ‘wave bye bye’.” (Meggitt 2000:48) This is part of their language development. “In some ways developing this bond may be instinctive as, at birth, babies are able to recognise the smell of their mother and are quickly soothed when they hear her voice.” (Tassoni 2007:54) 1-2 years Children begin to learn more social skills during this age, which begins with the child being able to play with their carer and show that they’re comfortable with recognisable adults. A child aged 1-2 years old language development extends at this age. At this age the child is very interested in names of people, places and objects. “Although they are still dependent on their primary carer, they are starting to realise that they are an individual.” (Tassoni 2007:55) 2-3 years At the age of 2-3 years old, children are aware of what they want to do, but become easily frustrated as their physical and language skills are not developed as their emotional development. Although at this age children are becoming more social with other people, they’ll still often feel that they need their comforter. They’re beginning to learn how to socialise without their carer. The language development of a 2-3 year old is now at a stage where the child is
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