Child Care Industry News August 9, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
August 9, 2016
Welcome, this week learn why youngsters sometimes struggle to share and the role of early childhood education and care providers in identifying and preventing family violence.
Taking turns
a struggle until age 5
All early childhood educators and carers will have painstakingly separated two children fighting over a toy and taken the time to explain the value of sharing and turn taking. In fact, this is probably a daily experience for some of you.

Well new research out of the UK has shown that children may not learn the value of turn taking until they are 5 years old. Could your efforts have been in vain?

Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science from Warwick Business School Dr Alicia Melis compared the turn-taking skills of young children and chimpanzees. Her research revealed that five year olds have much better turn taking skills than three and a half year old children and chimpanzees, which may suggest the skill develops as their cognitive abilities mature, rather than through adult interventions to change behaviour.
The signs of family violence
Early childhood education and care providers are in a frontline position to help children and families living with domestic violence. Early childhood providers often become second homes for children, with loved and trusted educators in a similar role to an extended family.

In recognition of this important connection and the unique position of early childhood providers to help identify and prevent family violence, the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) held a full day conference in July to support early childhood professionals to develop an understanding of how to respond to and prevent family violence in their work.
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