For instance, an understanding of the young infant stage, babies develop a sense of security from their caregivers.
It is this sense of security, that allows the baby to build an urge to explore, later motivating them to take risks and advance their current knowledge of their environment.
This holistic development is separated into the developmental domains for the purpose of observation, study, developmental assessment, and planning (Blackboard, 2013).
” Therefore, it is important to understand how the developmental domains relate to the three themes of infant development; in order to provide DAP care and activities for children in each stage of early childhood development.
Caregivers should understand that each toddler is different and has different needs.
Attending to each individual child in a well-organized and inviting learning environment is essential during his stage early childhood development.” The three themes of infant development are: security (Young Birth to 8 months); exploration (Mobile 6 months-18 months); and identity (Toddler 15 months to 36 months).During the security stage young infants need to develop relationship with caring adult’s that ensure them they are safe and secure.“Moving around is essential to learning; it gives babies different perspective and vantage points, which they need in order to move from an entirely egocentric view of space toward a more sophisticated sense of relationship between self, space, and other people (Greenman, Stonehouse, and Schweikert, 2008, pg. ” An understanding of the toddler stage of development enables caring adults to guide and assist young children’s emotional development.The first two years of a person’s life can set the foundation for the way they create relationships, view others, and understand emotions and how to control them.It is imperative to play close attention, and respond to the needs of young infants.“Very young children need adults who listen, smile, and talk with them or babble when they babble; watch for when they need quiet and solitude; and notice and communicate pleasure over such newfound skills as creeping, climbing, holding, dropping, or adding new sounds and words (Greenman, Stonehouse, and Schweikert, 2008, pg. ” An understanding of the mobile stage of development will make one aware of the safety precautions needed to allow mobile toddlers to explore the environment.They learn to trust that their needs will be met, or that they will not.The emotional domain includes the infant’s perception of herself and of herself in relation to others. The most important thing a caregiver can do to help a toddler’s emotional development is to create a safe and loving environment for the toddler to learn in.In conclusion I will share some of my personal feelings about infant and toddler curriculum, including the challenges and rewards.Developmental Themes of Infancy ‘The behaviors and abilities that develop during each stage are influenced by the theme that consumes that stage (Blackboard, 2013).