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Cranbourne West’s Focus on Social and Emotional Development

Cranbourne West’s Committed Focus on Social and Emotional Development

The first three years of a child’s development are crucial to thriving and succeeding later on in life. Aspire Early Education’s long day care for babies and toddlers nurtures and supports them through every step. Social and emotional development has thorough research - findings show that it strengthens children’s social competency, and emotional wellbeing. This article explores how Aspire Cranbourne West succeeds to grow socially and emotionally capable young people through long day care.

What are the benefits of long day care?

Long-term research has consistently demonstrated the success of high-quality early education initiatives. It has been shown that they mitigate the impact of social disadvantages, enhance children's social proficiency, and promote emotional well-being. These programs also play a crucial role in preparing children for a smooth transition to primary school. Engaging in extended day care fosters the development of social skills, enabling children to establish positive relationships and friendships. Within this environment, children acquire essential communication skills with peers and educators, learn to cooperate with others, share, take turns, and effectively express their ideas.

They are less impulsive, have an advanced vocabulary, have greater social competence, are more cooperative and have fewer behavioural problems. Because of this important social and emotional development, it will help children get along with their peers and their community.

Attending a long day care centre also allows children to start their educational journey at an earlier age. Aspire centres tailor their curriculum and programs to each age and the needs of individual children. Because of this, children are encouraged to build on their education as they continue to Kindergarten and then primary school. 

Social Development

Studies show that early education is one of the best ways to develop social, and interpersonal skills. Social competence is a key component to developing relationships with others and building self-esteem. It refers to skills and abilities that help children navigate social situations, interact well with others and self-regulate their emotions.

At Cranbourne West, nursery children participate in small group play to build relationships with each other. Recently, children in the Rockpool Room, 0-18-month-olds, played together to strengthen their social interaction and self-confidence in social spaces. They shared toys, crawled around the space together, played socially, and demonstrated skills such as taking turns and sharing.

Cranbourne West’s Committed Focus on Social and Emotional Development
Nursery children playing together in the Rockpool room.

Another way that Cranbourne West fosters social development is through physical activities. The Blooms Room, 18-24-month-olds, encourages children to grow their social skills by supporting a partner whilst they balance along a set of stepping logs. As they hold hands and assist their peers, they are not just making an improvement to their balance skills but advancing a sense of camaraderie and cooperation. Because of this, a strong foundation forms for their social development and teamwork skills, and builds on healthy friendships.

Cranbourne West’s Committed Focus on Social and Emotional Development
Children from the Blooms Room working together to balance outside.

Emotional Development

The journey of emotional growth starts right from when a baby is born and progresses quickly based on the child's encounters and surroundings. Key aspects of emotional development involve recognising and understanding one's own emotions, recognising different emotions in others, managing behaviour, showing kindness to others, and creating and sustaining connections. The essential building blocks of social and emotional skills formed during the initial five years of life are connected to well-being, the capability to handle different situations, and fostering successful relationships in adulthood. Children gain the tools necessary to develop healthy emotions emotional intelligence in long day care programs at Aspire Cranbourne West.

In the Blooms Room, children learn how to recognise different emotions in themselves and others. They used mirrors to see themselves, and followed cues from the room educator who asked them to find specific body parts. This exercise encouraged self-awareness and reflection as well as emotional regulation. By observing themselves in the mirror, the children connected their emotions with the physical sensations in their bodies. Overall, this activity offered the Blooms children a chance to engage and enhance their emotional regulation abilities in a unique way.

Cranbourne West’s Committed Focus on Social and Emotional Development
Children can use mirrors to mirror emotions, and recognise them on their own face and body.

The way the first two years of life are supported is key to the social and emotional development of children. By being top providers of long day care, Aspire Cranbourne West continues to promote the growth of these important life skills. Children can become their best selves by taking part in plenty of unique, educational, and meaningful activities to develop themselves.

If you want your child to reach their social and emotional goals, secure your 2024 spot at Aspire Cranbourne West. Call 1800 978 429 or send through a contact form on the website.

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