Social Emotional Competence

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Supporting a child’s healthy social and emotional growth takes commitment from all primary caregivers involved in the child’s life: mothers, fathers, grandparents, child care providers and other key adults. Young children observe caregivers’ relationships, and this shapes their expectations for how people treat each other. Young children attain social emotional competence when adults have positive interactions with infants and toddlers in their care. Repeated interactions lead to predictable relationships, because the infant or young child begins to know how the caregiver will respond to him or her. This pattern of responses creates the emotional connection the child has to the caregiver. Therefore, the key to building positive relationships
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