EDFD674 Supporting Young Children’s Social Competence
This unit examines young children’s developing social competence and effective strategies for supporting and guiding social and emotional learning. A range of theoretical and contemporary frameworks that are related to the different developmental levels of children ranging from birth to eight years of age will be examined, with the emphasis on developing positive and affirmative approaches that are democratic, caring and respectful. It will have a particular focus on the participation and decision-making rights of children in supporting their developing social competences, including Australian Indigenous children, and children and families with special needs and rights. Early Years educators will examine crucial aspects of social competence such as competency in emotional literacy, empathy, resilience, friendship and communication skills, and interpersonal problem solving skills. Links will be made between the development of social competence and a child’s long term well-being, as well as the well-being of the staff. Students will be expected to examine their own values and methods of responding to young children’s behaviour and develop effective strategies for guiding young children’s behaviour in a classroom setting, and for working alongside families. In addition, specific reference will be made to addressing significant behaviours that require individual attention and support by both the early years setting and the family context.