SayPro Managing routines and transitions to build relationships in childcare
The way we handle daily routines is especially important for babies. Through such tasks as feeding and diapering, we communicate to the child that they can trust us, and that we can be relied on to nourish and provide for them. This special bond of trust is called “attachment.” Child psychologists assert that the trust and attachments that develop within the first two years of life can determine the emotional future of the child.
Routines and transitions work together to give children a sense of knowing, adds to the predictability and can be used as valuable learning opportunities for children to explore and experiment in a safe and secure environment. Routines and transitions help children to develop self-control, independence and decision making. Consistent daily routines support active learning.
Here are some tips that help children develop this bond of attachment:
- Practice listening and paying attention to what the baby is telling you-be sensitive to his cues.
- Pay attention to your own verbal cues and body language.
- Talk to the baby, even though she may not be speaking yet.
- Don’t rush through daily tasks.
- Establish routines that are based on each individual baby’s needs.
- Hold babies during bottle feeding in order to develop warm, nurturing relationships with them.
Routines and transitions inform children on some important aspects about the people around them. For example, if children notice that each time they settle down to eat, one of their caregivers washes their hands, set food before them and help them to eat; they begin to develop a liking for that particular caregiver.
The way parents handle routines and transitions during drop off and pickup also help shape/build their relationship with their child. When dropping of children at childcare services, the children experience sudden transitions and emotional disturbance, they need reassurance from the parent that they will be back for them and that all will be fine at the day care centre. The excitement of the parent when picking up their child also works to reinforce their love for the child, and lets the child understand that he/she was missed.
Routines and transitions work together to create secure environments that nurture relationships between infants and their caregivers. They strengthen the bond between parents and child as well as create a partnership between parents and their child’s teacher.
Routines can also have a powerful effect on language learning because of all the opportunities they provide excellent prompts for discussion. As educators and parents’ progress through the various daily routines, they can name the items that are being used in the routine, they can discuss each action as it is being done and they can discuss what comes next. Their child will begin to understand the vocabulary that is associated with the routine. This will help the child communicate with his/her caregiver and parents, thus building relationships.