It is shown that warmth , love and affection are ways of communicating with children. As suggested by (davis, 1985),” it is a basic need for children to feel loved, valued, cared for and respected, in order for them to develop a positive self-image”. This is very important for setting the foundations of their emotional needs. Almost like a blue print for the rest of their emotional life. As a mother myself, I believe that children respond positively to love.
It has been shown that an uninvolved parent (martin, 1983)” who displays little warmth and are usually unresponsive to the child’s needs”, may actually make the emotional needs of their child suffer. This may also be true for practitioners but which is made more difficult by the constraints of policies regarding the safe-guarding of children. Another observation for this may also be that if this child is playing with the blocks on his own away from the group then this may give an indication of his social development and emotional needs.
If particular goals are not reached or the child is falling behind regarding milestones then this may be an indication of a learning difference or a special need. This would make a very important observation which would need to be looked at closely and discussed with the parents and other agencies. This point shows how important a clear line of communication between practitioners and parents can be. Although this may be true for babies, the same cannot be said for adults who can often miss certain cues from a baby.
For example, a baby in an early years setting may cry because he/she is hungry but a practitioner may not recognise this and therefor would have to go through a process of elimination. Where-as the practitioner who has a good line of communication with the parents would recognise this cry by relating it to the times of the feed due to information given to them by the parent. This would suggest how important communication between practitioner and parent is, for this type of information, to safeguard the well-being and emotional needs of the child.