Care for Babies CHCCN5C. Element 1: Respond to babies/infant cues and needs. Cues and needs. Infants cues and needs are met by the way we respond to them in their first two years of life, which can influence their ability to form trusting relationships for the rest of their life.
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Respond to babies/infant cues and needs
In Pairs discuss possible cues and needs and their meaning…….
In the last few years scientists have discovered:
-allowed to explore the environment
Optimal development means that this is when the best ‘wiring’ of the brain is developing and at the most rapid rate. The next best opportunity refers to the Strengthening of the wiring, and rewiring means the ability to make adaptations to existing wiring
Ref: Schiller P. (1999) ‘Smart Start- Building Brain Power in the Early Years’.
A quick, calm and reassuring response from the caregiver teaches the child to trust.
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Infants may express anxiety or fear of strangers by:
-staring intently at the strange person
-bursting into tears
-holding tight to their caregiver
Infants begin to demonstrate recognisable outbursts of anger from about four to six months.
Anger is about developing a sense of power and control.
Infants express anger:
When responding to infant’s anger cues a caregiver can:
Individually think about your own response to pain. Do you feel pain acutely and make a big fuss, or do you hardly feel pain at all?
It is important that the caregiver responds quickly to any crying baby:
Develop and maintain a nurturing relationship with babies/infants
DVD- Dunston- Baby Language
At birth a baby only has reflexes, movements and instincts, which are aimed at meeting basic needs. Over the first 12 months infants gradually learn to gain control over physical movements; however all senses are operating- hearing is acute but vision is poor
Provide infants with a variety of language materials, include pictures, posters, displays, picture/story books, bilingual charts/books, songs, puppets, rhymes, poems, language games, music.
Interact with babies by:
In groups develop a Nappy Changing Procedure
Demonstrate Nappy Change to whole group
Originally defined in 1969- Cot Death
Sudden death on an infant or a child that is unexpected and in which a post-mortem examination fails to demonstrate an adequate cause of death
“develop a poster designed to prevent SIDS”
Safe sleeping positions:
Further information : www.sidsaustralia.org.au
Growth and Development
The following is a guide as babies are individuals and learn to eat at different rates. Research influences current practices.
Child Care Services have a comprehensive orientation process and policy this allows time for the Centre Staff to become familiar with individual needs of the infant
Discuss examples of information likely to be gathered
While it is vital for caregivers to develop and maintain nurturing relationships with infants, we must ensure that the environment in which the infant is spending time is safe and secure through:
Infants need to be exposed to sensory experiences that allow them to investigate and discover their world
In groups discuss what could be provided to in relation to the senses below: