Interactions and Communication

Children are happier and feel more secure when caregivers guide their behaviors using a variety of positive direct/indirect methods. Here are some things to consider as you interact with children:

  • Be Positive and Respectful - Children learn through watching others. Use positive "this instead of this" guidance to direct children's behaviors. Remember to address the behavior or situation and not label the child.
  • Modify the Environment - The set up of the care environment guides children's behaviors, give them cues on what is appropriate, helps them make smooth transitions and directs the way they play and interact with others.
  • Regular Communication with Parents and Families - Communicate with families on a regular basis. Get input from them regarding changes at home that might affect behavior. Discuss areas of concern and talk about cooperative strategies to manage problems when they occur.


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