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Provide Care for Children

  1. Characteristic of Quality Routine

The routine should be consistent. Given the fact that children are learning their personal rhythms and self-regulation as they are growing, there is a need for the caregiver to pay attention to consistency in their sleeping pattern. As such they are expected to speak to their parents in order to understand the child’s home routine. In addition, consistency offers the child comfort and a feeling of continuity meeting temporal expectations.

The routine should easily adaptable. Adaptability refers to how difficulty or easy for the child to be able to modify their reactions. A good routine allows the child to react positively towards sleeping/ resting. Furthermore, the children will be able to get used to the routine, therefore, establishing a pattern that is expected to be followed. As such, it will make the child healthier and happier.

The sleeping routine should be flexible. In other words, the routine should offer alternatives for other activities. This is attributed to the fact that some children may take time to rest while others may not wish to rest (Egle p. 45). Therefore, the routine will offer solutions for the educator that will meet the needs of the children. Simply, the routine should give room for alternative quiet activities for those who do not want to rest (Bee p. 34).

The routine should be easy to manage and predictable. There are many activities that take place in the centre compared to homes (Council of Australia Government p.11). In addition, there are several children with different needs in relation to sleeping/resting pattern. As such, the routine should offer an easy time for both the educators and children. The child should be able to tell it is time to sleep.

Finally, the routine should timely. In most centres, children sleep or rest after midday meals. This is after spending the whole morning being physically active. This is appropriate as most children are tired at that time and therefore, may need to rest. As such, a timely routine should target the most appropriate time of the day that most children are ready to rest/sleep.

  1. Strategies to use to help children settle at sleep/ rest time

There are several strategies to use to settle children to sleep. This includes; after lunch (most children sleep after lunch) the children may listen to story tape (their favourites) and listen to soothing music when the story tape is over. Soothing tape may include those with music with ocean sounds in the background. As the tape is playing, the caregivers may be rubbing the backs of the children. Massaging the palm of a child’s hand may also send the child to sleep.

As the caregiver is settling the child, she should pat or talk with the child for a minute. In order for the child to be immediately quiet; the caregiver should leave the room. When the child is starting to cry the caregiver should give a few minutes before going to the room; if the child continues crying the caregiver should pat or talk to the child. Still, the caregivers may play a tape with lullabies regularly. The children will indeed associate resting or lullabies with sleep (Ramchandani et al., p. 210). Furthermore, the caregivers may use glow in dark books which are cut into letters, number and shape. When the lights are switched off, the books allow the children to have something to look at while drifting off to sleep. The educator can also run some few tricks, after tucking in every child; the educator may ask them to try to close their eyes for 5 minutes. She may then count to five so that the children may close their eyes at the same time. The children may hurry to close their eyes and after 5 minutes fall asleep.

  1. Strategies for children who no longer want to sleep

For those children who do not wish to sleep, one of the best strategies is to introduce a quiet activities program. It is important to make sure that the caregiver lay down guidelines to be followed by the non-sleeper concerning these activities. In addition, it is important to establish a good relationship with the non-sleepers in order for the activities will be successful without disturbing the others who are resting. The activities including giving the non-sleepers appealing books to read, draw or colour; be given toys or building things so that they may be occupied; make artworks; and pursue activities that they had started earlier. In addition, the caregiver may read stories for the children. In order to avoid disturbing the sleepers, it is important to separate the two groups.


Strategies to support the development of self-help skills

Meal times

  • Dramatic play — the educator may use toy food, including dinner, lunch and breakfast item

  • The children may be encouraged to assist in setting tables before meals and cleaning them after meals (Allen and Marotz p. 45)

  • Encourage independence by allowing the child to feed him/ herself. The caregiver may begin with a spoon and foodstuff that do not slide such as mashed potatoes, pureed fruits and pudding. The child may practice giving a stuffed animal or doll or even the caregiver a bite.


  • Dramatic play- Provide dolls with clothes that need to be tied or zipped.

  • Success toilet may be reinforced with positive feedback; that is, adequate praise which may involve cheering and clapping

  • Encourage the child to sit on the toilet or potty regularly during the day. Furthermore, a child seeing a peer sitting on the potty makes him or her to imitate. Even if the child does not use the potty, praise him or her for sitting on it. The child will feel free as there will be less pressure on them.

Caring for belongings

  • The parents may also use pictures of the children’s favourite animal/icon /character or toy to label their belongings

  • The caregiver may ask the parents to pick distinctive pattern or colour that their children encounter with regularly in order to recognize and take care of them.

  • The caregivers may advice the parents to attach a photo of the children with their belonging. When the child sees his or her picture on the image, the child will be able to identify his or her belonging.

Caring for the garden

  • Allocate the child a gardening place. However, it is important to assist the child in carrying out small activities in the small spaces. The gardening space could be a pot or a container. In addition, easy to handle and small sized garden should be made available to the child

  • Involving older children in gardening activities may also motivate the child to join in. For instance, if the older children dig in the dirt, the child may find it fun to make mud piles

  • Growing interesting plants including strawberries, sunflower, tomatoes and pumpkin may increase child interests in gardening

Preparation to transition from indoors to outdoors

  • The children should be encouraged to carry their favourite things outdoors. This will reassure them that they are allowed to play outdoors.

  • Transition from an indoor activity to an outdoor activity may be hectic for the children. As such, it is important to make the transition smooth by introducing activities that will lead to the transition such as singing songs, reciting rhymes and guessing games. After the transit, the child should be given positive feedbacks (Child Care p.1)

Work cited;

Allen K and Marotz L “Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Twelve” New York: Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2003. Print

Bee, H “The Developing Child” NewYork: Allyn& Bacon, 2000. Print

Child Care. «Ways to encourage self help skills among children.» Extension 1 5 2012: 1. Print

Council of Australia Government, “National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care and School Age Care”, 2009

Egle, C, “A practical guide to working with children, Croydon: Tertiary Press, 2008. Print

Ramchandani, P, et al. «A systematic review of treatments for settling problems and night walking in young children.» British Medical Journal (2000): 320, 209-213. Print