Course: Early Childhood Education and Care
Unit: Holistic Health website
Due Date: 9th of March 2016 (Wednesday morning)
Total words: 2040 words
Within childcare and school settings routines and transitions are integral components to the delivery of quality care and education. Care routines establish a predictable environment which provides children with a sense of responsibility, control and security. Routines also encourage attention and warmth from child care providers.
The task is to create a simple website which documents research and practices regarding care routines for children in early childhood settings. Students have experience using the free site Weebly (http://www.weebly.com) to develop a website.
There are four sections and each will require a topic heading.
a) Identify major care routines in early childhood settings and discuss the importance of these routines (suggested length 510 words). In my notes my lecturer told us that this is a good starting point for this part “ Care routines establish a predictable environment, which provides children with a sense of responsibility, control and security. Routines also encourages attention and warmth from childcare providers.”
b) Describe the qualities of best practice for care routines (2) in early childhood settings for children birth – two years (suggested length 510 words).
The 2 care routines for this age will be nappy changing and feeding. So it will be 255 words for nappy changing and 255 words for feeding.
c) Describe the qualities of best practice for care routines (2) in early childhood settings for children three years – five years (suggested length 510 words).
The 2 care routines for this age will be toilet training and meal time. So it will be 255 words for toilet training and 255 words for meal time.
d) Reflect on the implications of the content of A) B) and C) for practices in early childhood settings making reference to the importance of forming partnerships with parents and the use of an integrated approach to health issues (suggested length 510 words).
Link the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework into the best practice of the care routines. It is important to link it.
In developing this website, the following needs to be considered:
• Weebly has an outstanding support section to help with getting started in creating websites and troubleshooting.
• It is VITAL to acknowledge the work of others. Students need to ensure that any idea from another website, blog or book are referenced correctly. A minimum of eight (9) references are required and at least three must be published books, book chapters or journal articles not more than ten years old. Each of the four sections must have reference support for ideas and information. Use in text reference as well.
• Be careful in using images. Weebly has a search tool to locate free stock images to enhance the website. Another option for free images is http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/. It may also be worthwhile for students to use their own digital photos for their website.
There are two references already:
- National Quality Standards website :
- Early Years Learning Framework Website : http://ccccnsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/EYLF_Ed_Guide_Dec2010.pdf
- You can also use this website : http://www.sidsandkidswa.org
Please make sure to link the quality areas and early years learning framework to the best practice of care routines.
This is an example of another students website that they have strated but haven’t finished yet so please go and check it but do not copy it.
This is the link to create the website – http://www.weebly.com/
Please do let me know if I need to give u my log in details for the weebly website.
A. Major Care Routines
Care routines establish a predictable environment, which provides children with a sense of responsibility, control and security. Routines also encourage attention and warmth from childcare providers. Establishing a routine for various activities in a child’s life is important in establishing a predictable and safe environment. Just like adults, children have a sense of security when their lives and daily activities are predictable. The right time to impart routine knowledge to the children is at their early ages when their brain has the capacity to accommodate cognition development. Psychologists have suggested that children’s brains have a high learning affinity when they are young. It is imperative for child care to provide an environment where the kids feel safe and learn to trust others, such that the children become free to socialize and hence, explore the world at their tender ages.
The major routines in early child care revolve around those daily activities entailing dieting or eating, nap times, and toileting. The three categories can further be expanded to meal times, sleep times, toileting and group times. For example, in a day care center, a routine for a single day may be characterized by arrival times, meal time, cleaning, packing up and end-of-the-day activities. The first routine practice in a care center entails that done at arrival time. The routine involves predictable welcoming of the children, utilizing tangible signs, for example, orderly pictures. Recognize every child as they enter and acknowledging their presence. It is part of conferring social aptitudes. The first meal routine involves morning tea that includes helping the youngsters in getting ready for morning tea. Setting the table and getting the utensils prepared. It is a piece of social and dialect improvement. The other routine action is bathroom routine where napping and toileting activities are done (PBS, 2014). It is vital for social skills such as turn-taking and development of dialect and everyday cleanliness practices. The other routine is packing up. It involves setting up a procedure that makes packing predictable, ensuring containers are prepared for simple packing before leaving home and use the dialect connection to discuss arrangements regarding shapes and sizes. The significance of such routine is to give social and helping abilities and dialect advancement. In conclusion, end-of-the-day routine, give little individual encounters to every youngster to get ready to go home…