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While school-age children are increasingly becoming independent and looking to peers for acceptance, they still need caring, loving, and responsive caregivers for emotional support.
Providers often see school-age children after they have put in a long day at school. They need opportunities to meet their physical needs for activity by running, climbing, and tumbling, as well as opportunities for rest, social interaction and food.
To meet their personal growth needs, accepting adults must supervise but not overprotect or over-direct school-age children, even while encouraging their independence. School-age children are old enough to have input on classroom rules and expectations. They enjoy planning some of their own activities. By allowing school-age children to give input and allowing them to plan, you will foster their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth and competency.
- To meet the emotional needs of school-age children, make sure you:
- Create a positive, close relationship with each child in your care
- Provide opportunities for them to express growing independence and self-reliance (such as making choices, planning, and initiating their own activities)
- Encourage them to draw and write stories about self,
family, and cultural practices
- Help them to feel protected, but not controlled
- Display their work and photos of themselves and their families
- Have them create ground rules that are minimal in number and consistently applied
- Help them recognize their own strengths
- Provide learning experiences that respond to their individual differences in ability and interests
- Give them appropriate responsibilities such as caring for pets and plants, setting the table, and helping to prepare projects for group activities
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