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Love for the terrible twos

May 29, 2015

When my girls were two, they definitely suited the phrase ‘Terrible Twos’, that whole period has been ingrained in my memory ever since!

If you are a parent of a two-year-old, I’m sure that you’ll know that it is an exciting, yet challenging time. Your little one is really coming into their own, trying to understand and identify what it really means to be ‘me’, and are developing their very own personalities.

I was having a chat with some of our practitioners about how they help to keep our two-year-olds so engaged. They raised some interesting points that they adopt in their nurseries that I thought I’d share with you all…

Creating a positive partnership:

•             Ensuring there are clear boundaries for all children ensures that practitioners have high expectations of all.

•             Children thrive when their achievements are celebrated, and where a consistent approach is adopted.

•             During this stage in a child’s development, practitioners encourage children to participate in parallel play where they begin to form friendships and enjoy each other’s company. We encourage families to discuss children’s friends at home, and to support their child to share and engage in positive interactions with their friends.

•             Clearly explaining to the child that it is their behaviour that is unacceptable and not the child themselves. This can really help the child as they can begin to realise the consequences of certain behaviours.

At our nursery, we always praise our children for positive behaviour. Here are some examples of how we do it…

Encouraging positive behaviour

•             Getting involved with the child on an activity they are carrying out can really influence and encourage the child’s learning and development.

•             Encouraging children to describe what they have produced (artwork etc), as it can make the child feel positive and supported about the hard work that they have produced.

•             Using positive, encouraging comments such as “That’s a beautiful picture of Dizzy Duck, tell me more about him!” can really help to encourage the child into thinking that their time and effort is valued.

Encouraging independence

We encourage independence through supporting children to take off and put on their own shoes and coats, as children become more self-aware. Our practitioners provide enough time for children to practice these skills, and ensure that plenty of praise is provided while children try to accomplish these skills.

I’m sure many of you have lots of stories and experiences of dealing with challenging two-year-old behaviour.

Sian

sian.nisbett@dizzyducks.co.uk

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