OBSERVING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT


Learning the skills and attitudes which enable individuals to live easily with other members of their community observing codes of acceptable behaviour and customs.

  	    form of greeting		attitude to dress
	morals		hygiene	    religion	    eating habits
				
  1. Social roles and behaviour.
    • learning appropriate and acceptable behaviour from positive role models
    • playing approved social roles - gender, child, parent, pupil, friend
    • developing appropriate social attitudes - to like people and enjoy friendships
  2. Social Skills.
    • to share
    • to take turns
    • to accept rules
    • to communicate with others
    • to be independent in dressing, personal hygiene and at mealtimes
  3. Social Play.
    • solitary - playing alone
    • parallel - playing alongside, but not with, another child
    • associative - using the same toys and equipment, but playing alone
    • co-operative - sharing toys and ideas in playing together
  4. Personal Development.
    • self-esteem is valuing yourself as a person
    • positive self-image is seeing yourself as a worthwhile person
    • self-confidence is knowing you can cope easily with people and situations
    • self-reliance is a desire to be independent

Changes in social development
Babies are individuals - some cry, some are responsive, some are passive. Babies prefer familiar carers with whom they can form an emotional attachment. It is through positive early relationships that the baby develops independence and learns that people are trustworthy.
1-2 year olds are emotionally dependent on a familiar adult. They live in the present and have limited ability to wait until later. They learn to play near others and to understand when others are upset. They enjoy copying and exploring but are unaware of danger.
3-4 year olds can wait their turn. They learn to share and play co-operatively. Children learn to control their powerful feelings and gain an emotional balance when they are supported by caring responsive adults.
5-7 year olds appreciate clock time and follow the daily routine. They understand rules and enjoy team games. They choose their own friends.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
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INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
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EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
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LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
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CHILDREN'S BEHAVIOUR
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BABY DEVELOPMENT
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DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCTION
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