4.2 Explain how they would adapt routines to meet the needs of children at different stages of development
As a childminder the way in which you work and routines that you establish will be developed around the children that you care for, ensuring you meet their individual needs.
All children benefit from structure and routine, regardless of their age. As children get older, they gain in independence as they grow and develop, and this needs to be encouraged. They need opportunities to make responsible choices about what they do, and when and how they do things. However the duty of care, still remains with the childminder, and older children may find this restrictive at times, especially if you are caring or younger children at the same time. This means as a childminder you may need to modify and adapt some of your routines to accommodate the changing needs of ...view middle of the document...
By having to leave earlier, you may need to change your routine so that elder children help the little ones get ready to leave e.g. helping them put their coats on, do up the toggles on their coats.
- Once at school, a child sees a friend playing in the playground before school, rather than them staying by your side, as they get older you may allow them to go and play alongside them, but ensuring that they can keep you in their sight at all times.
- When returning from school, an older child may want a bit of quiet time as opposed to joining in a craft activity, you may allow them to take themselves and sit to read at the far end of the room.
- A child who you start off caring for whom goes to a morning preschool session and your routine entails taking and collecting the child. When this child starts school your daily routine will have to change
- Older children may join more after school activities, so this may affect your routine and the time you have to pick them up in the evening. It may result in a child being picked up slightly earlier than normal, so you may need to prepare dinner slightly earlier to ensure this is all cleared away before the child is picked up
- As a child gets older they may want to be more independent e.g. putting on their own coat – this may take longer than if you helped them, so you may have to allow more time for this when planning your day
- Two children that you care for have a daily nap after lunch. As the children grow, one child stops napping so you may have to adapt your routine to incorporate a quiet activity and some rest time – may be storytelling time – whilst the other child sleeps.
These are just some examples of how as a childminder you may have to adapt your routines to meet the needs of children at different ages and stages of development. By adapting your routines this should ensure that all children in your setting are provided with an opportunity to continue to grow and to develop.