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CGirl

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Discussion 2.2: What are the specific needs of each stage of development-infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers? The specific needs of infants are: love, attention, and caring, empathy and understanding, feeling understood, knowing when the child is tired, hungry, exhausted, or overwhelmed, predictable world, routines, independence and exploration, caring adults who wonder, "How do you feel?", "What do you need?". The specific needs of toddlers are: help to manage feelings, feeling control over their world, feeling that the world is a responsive place, exploration and independence, feeling competent, gentle guidance through routines, choices, and limits as they grow, caring adults. The specific needs of preschoolers are: caring, responsive, and loving providers; help with feelings and finding positive ways of expressing them, acknowledgement of their fears respectfully while having help understanding them, structure and routine throughout the day, plenty of time for transitions, opportunity for cooperative play and dramatic play, opportunities to engage in small group, whole group, and individual activities throughout the day, opportunities for sharing, caring, and helping such as making cards for a sick child, caring for pets, or watering plants, activities that promote understanding and appreciation of diversity, opportunity to play, move, and initiate musical/art activities. The specific needs of young school-agers are: caring, loving, and responsive caregivers, opportunities for activity such as running, climbing, and tumbling, opportunities for rest, social interaction, and food, encouragement to be independent, opportunities to exercise responsibility-taking, helpful behavior, and meaningful work, such as making cards for a sick child, caring for pet or plants, and preparing or cleaning up meals and snacks, planned and spontaneous activities in a variety of settings, unstructured time during each day to socialize, opportunities to complete homework, opportunities to read books; space, materials, and activities that support children's interests and curiosity.
For example, school-age children need the opportunity to explore their interests. When I was young, I had the opportunity to take cello lessons, and this interest developed into a college pursuit. You never know what might happen when you celebrate a child's individuality and interests!
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Infants: basic needs such as food, safety, and love, routines and a predictable schedule.

toddles: Emotional and social stimulation, exploration, safety, food, love, routines.

Pre-schoolers: Social stimulation through cooperative play, opportunities for creative expression.

School Age Children: Freedom of expression, Exploration of personal intersts.

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Infants need caring adults to provide love, food, safety, routines and a predictable schedule. Toddlers need a safe environment with caring adults there to provide emotional and social stimulation, exploration, safety, food, love, routines and predictability. Pre-schoolers thrive in an environment that's been laid out in a thoughtful way to promote social stimulation through cooperative play, opportunities for creative expression and time to practice larger and fine motor skills. School Age Children need space and time to be able to express their individual interests and hobbies, have time to themselves as well as time to socialize among peers, and they need to feel love and cared about and supported in their individual situations.
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For infants, their specific needs are: caretakers that provide them food, care, safety, playtime, nap-time and a basic routined schedule. 

For toddlers, their specific needs are: caretakers that provide them food, care, safety, playtime, nap-time, a basic schedule, and emotional and social stimulation. 

For Pre-Schoolers, their specific needs are: caretakers that provide them food, care, safety, playtime, nap-time, creative activities for them to express their individuality and emotional and social stimulation. 

For School Agers their specific needs are: caretakers that provide them food, care, safety, playtime, creative activities for them to express their individuality, emotional and social stimulation, freedom to be alone and express themselves, and time for them to explore their personal interests and socialize with their peers. 
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Infants- Need adult love and attention to provide for their basic needs. Some of those being when to be fed, nap time, playtime, changing, making sure things are safe, etc. 

Toddlers- Need adult love and basic needs as well. They should be on a basic routine schedule that involve their basic needs like eating, napping, social time and developmental learning.

Pre-schoolers- Need adult supervision and help to challenge them and their development. Providing the basics while giving them the opportunity to share their opinions and learn how to express themselves and show their individual personality.

School age- Need adult supervision and provision for their basic needs. They also need to be given opportunities to make choices on their own and be able to grow from those choices.
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2.2 What are the specific needs of each stage of development-infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-agers? 

Infants: A regular schedule for feeding, naps, play, changing diapers, cuddles and love.

Toddlers: A routine schedule that allows plenty of time for them to do as much as they can for themselves i.e. put on jackets, adult supervision while they explore, redirection and helping add vocabulary to their word banks.

Preschoolers: Facilitating turn-taking, building empathy, helping label emotions and assist in calming down or using words to deal with a situation rather than hands.  Letting preschoolers put on and zip-up their own jackets, wipe themselves, wash their hands.

School Age Children: Allowing them to problem-solve social situations amongst themselves while still being nearby to assist if needed.  Support given to follow their own interests. Decision-making power and the ability to contribute to crafting the classroom/house rules.
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