According to Cohrssen, Church and Tayler, “close relationships enable early childhood professionals to better understand individual children and their broader cultural contexts” (n.d., p. 4).
Accustomed engagement between a grown up and an infant is a feature of a responsive relationship. Responsive engagement comes inform of caring. According to Cohrssen, Church and Tayler, “throughout the early years, learning takes place in the context of relationships; the relationship between a teacher and a child may have a special influence on children’s development” (n.d., p. 7). The child teaching practice in this case begins from the parent and family member. Tassoni (2005) urges that for children to feel nurtured and valued, the way in which they are handled should change according to the child’s need.
The environment where we live and operate has a great impact in our lives. Equally for children, their living and operating environment has a great influence in their lives and must be ensured, safe and healthy. The child’s physical environment is full of potential and opportunities for them to learn about things, people and other children. This learning can inspire, encourage or challenge the child. It is therefore the duty of educators to make this environment comfortable and interesting to children, thus providing a rich opportunity for children to achieve experience, learn and develop.
Early childhood assessment includes making observation, documenting and making other assessment strategies. According to Couchenour and Chrisman “effective teaching of young children begins with thoughtful, appreciative, systematic observation and documentation of each of the child’s unique qualities, strengths, and needs” (2013, p. 339). Proper observation gives proper insight on how children develop and respond to opportunities and challenges in their lives.
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