Child Care and Health

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The needs of children at age three in a child care setting are based on fundamental rights outlined by the United Nations. Overviews of the stages of development that occur during a child’s third year of life and best practices for physical and psychological development of this age group in the United Kingdom are examined. Research shows the United Kingdom is behind other developed countries in child development services. There is a need for qualified professionals to serve in the child care industry. Full day care settings lack more than 120,000 qualified providers across Britain (Department for Education, 2011).
Three-year-old children are developing in stages that change rapidly, from being completely dependent on caregivers to learning self-care skills such as toileting, dressing, cooking, and climbing. Being three is full of exciting opportunities for exploration through play and social interactions that will help the childern learn to function in the world around them.
Children at the three-year old stage of physical development are growing out of the toddler stage and have learned to walk and run, have a full set of baby teeth, and sleep between 10-12 hours a night with few if any daytime naps. My own three year old son does not take a nap and hasn’t since he was two and a half years old. Most three-year-olds are transitioning out of nappies or are able to use the toilet. A normally developing three year old can wash his or her hands, hop on one foot and kick a ball forward. This age group has a normal weight between 25-44 pounds and is between 34-43 inches tall (National Network for Child Care, 1995). This stage of development is critical for children to learn proper hygiene practices such as bathing and teeth brushing, and to wash his or her hands at appropriate times. Three-year-olds are beginning to communicate well, with full sentences and…...

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