DOES EVERY RISK FACTOR HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CHILD?
WHAT IS RESILIENCE?
Stress factors contribute to risks in entering a new early learning environment. Stress comes from new surroundings, meeting new people, not knowing what is happening next in a day, and taking on new responsibilities. Every child, whether or not they speak the language of the people in their early years classroom environment is entering a completely new environment when they start. A child's insecurities can come from their own previous experiences with situations. They can also be built by their parent's insecurities or can also occur because a child was not properly briefed on how to deal with or adapt to certain situations and the outcome allowed them to develop these insecurities. (find source)
The impact of emotional and physical environment on Resilience- An atmosphere characterized by warmth, respect and acceptance can positively effect a child’s ability to develop resilience:
This can include the way the classroom is set up, the room itself and the pieces that are thoughtfully put into it. This can be visual aesthetics and keeping in mind the children’s needs and values in the classroom. (Carter 2007)
Or asking children about their feelings and providing them a variety of ways to express this so they can be in touch with their emotions and feel respected.
Adults role – Competent adults such as educators or educators help to contribute to the resilience of a child through their work with them:
This can be achieved through positivity, educating one’s self in order to understand the complex differences of every family and their child.