Childminding - Behaviour

Describe typical behaviours exhibited by children linked to their stage of development and key events in their lives .

A child develops in stages so their development does not proceed smoothly in a uniform rhythm. There are periods of calm when the child reinforces the skills learned and experience. Periods of calm are then followed by periods of breakthrough, during which the child acquires new skills and enters the next phase of their development. In times of breakthrough the disruptive child, parent behavior poses a lot of trouble. The child is then restless and very sensitive, they are subject to enormous pressure both physically and mentally. As adults we can commit mistakes in understanding behavior in these critical moments for the child. Parents do not understand the strange behavior of their child. During these difficult phases a child needs increased attention from their parents/carers. Paradoxically, if the child’s "bad" behavior is the center of attention of for the parents this will lead to the strengthening of the inappropriate behavior and may contribute to serious difficulties in parenting.
Stages of child development
  * The eighth month of life - this is the time when the child begins to distinguish between "known" and "unknown", they can feel the basic states of uncertainty and confusion.
  * The third year of life - the child enters the period of waywardness, they begin to create the first stand-alone plans for their life, for example, they wonder who they would like to be in the future e.g fireman, nurse etc.
  * The sixth year of life - there are changes in the shape of the child's body, which is associated with disturbances of mental and physical balance. The child’s sleep pattern may get worse, they have a tendancy to get angry often and be capricious and can often get sick.
  * The period of adolescence - the child may have difficulty accepting themselves and feel uncertainty. Often their behavior expresses opposition to the...