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Trust and Security

Date: June 21, 2016 Author: chmfadmin Categories: Uncategorized 0

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Trust in a relationship

 

While making a list of goals for the new academic year; for the Toddler (2 year olds) group that we named “Sprouts”, top most on the list was providing a sense of security and developing a relationship based on “Trust”.

Children who come in at the age of two are probably stepping out of their comfort zone for the first time. We, at Chimply Fun strongly believe that this transition should be as smooth as possible for the child. With the child as the focus, depending on his or her personality; we let the adult stay in the environment without putting the fear of separation in the child’s mind. Gradually we wean them off the adult while extending the duration in school as the child shows signs of being ready to stay away for longer periods.

This years’ experience has been an interesting one.  Some of the older ones in the group developed their trust in the adult in a short span of time and were ready to be on their own within the first week. A few observations were:

  • Children prefer the outdoors to staying inside.
  • Talking to them in their mother tongue does comfort them.
  • Balloons and bubbles entice them to move away from the adult.
  • Painting is a new and exciting experience for many and this is something they look forward to.

At the end of the day, these are all distractors who’s charm may wear off. And what truly matters in helping the child accept the new environment is that they trust and believe that the new adult will care for them just as well as their parents do.  One of the reasons we discourage a parent from sneaking out without their child’s knowledge.

It is very important that they trust you as this lays the foundation for their future experiences where they may be in similar unfamiliar environments.  Having a positive start makes them more relaxed and comfortable and ready to absorb what is in store for them.

When a child accepts you with ‘trust’, you are giving them an opportunity to be themselves and are helping them become socially and emotionally confident.  These are important aspects in this sensitive period of their life.

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