09 Mar

From the Head of Early Years – Gemma D’Angelo

The journey of a child’s development can be exciting and at times stressful. There are moments which demonstrate when little treasures are learning to coordinate their movement beyond being on the floor and are learning to sit up, crawl or walk.

As they grow their developmental progress is becoming more complex, as they learn how to be friendly and respectful, and as they learn how to deal with getting feedback about the choices they have made.

By the time children commence their journey at SPW whether it be in the two, three or four year old program children at each developmental stage are experiencing growth and change, how well they navigate through these stages depends on a range of factors.SPW_ELC_Gemma_2

Parents and teachers know only too well that developmental stages are uneven for each child and between children. For instance, development for one child is different from another and there are also times when a child’s development in one area is progressing well whilst another area of their development may be presenting some challenges. As teachers we find that each child has their own unique set of strengths and areas where they need support.

As teachers we find that each child has their own unique set of strengths and areas where they need support.

There are times when children’s needs require more time to resolve and there are other times when their needs require a very intentional approach at home and at ELC or more specialised support. In either case the partnership between home and school is fundamental in helping children feel valued, successful in their efforts and supported throughout their own unique journey of development.

Parents often ask how they can support their child at various stages of their early development. Outlined below are some tips which support children’s gut and brain health and social emotional wellbeing:

  1. Sleep
  2. Quality nutrition
  3. Water
  4. Movement
  5. Limited screen time
  6. Outside play
  7. Skills to deal with disappointment
  8. Balance being busy with times of stillness and quiet
  9. Value each child’s effort (rather than only valuing the end product)
  10. Ensure that the expectations we have for children today are going to serve them as they grow
  11. Respect for self and others
  12. A close partnership between home and school

At SPW we love to hear from families about what is working well and when there are concerns or questions arising. These conversations are invaluable in helping us to cater for your child so that they feel valued, supported and successful as they grow and change.

Please contact your class teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s early years development.