Critically evaluate provision and practice and how it impacts on the development and well-being of babies and young children
Discuss and evaluate the impact of their role on the learning experiences of babies and young children and how their approach relates to practitioner values and experiences.
Discuss historical and current social policies that relate to young children’s well-being and the care and education of babies and young children
In order to grow and develop and reach their potential, children require all of their needs to be met. These needs include physical needs for nutrition, sleep, warmth, personal care and a safe, healthy environment.
Just as important are their emotional and psychological needs for comfort and attention, positive and consistent interactions with parents, stimulating play and, later, guidance and support as they begin to explore their world.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child asserts that:
“the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.”
Factors related to family experience of inequality can impact on parents’ ability to meet the needs of their children and in turn are associated with an increased risk of children experiencing difficulties in social, emotional and cognitive development.