Explain What Constitutes the Physical and Psychological Needs of a Three Year Old Child. Explain How These Needs Can Ideally Be Met in a Childcare Setting

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When a child comes into this world as a dependant, adults have a responsibility to support a child’s growth. Adults must provide children with a safe environment where their physical and psychological needs can be met, enabling them to grow into healthy secure beings.

This thesis explores the physical and psychological needs of a three year old child, and how they can be met in a childcare setting in order to promote successful mental development. In the following writings these needs will be explained. It will be examined how these needs can benefit a child in their development and how individuals can be motivated whilst looking at the UK childcare standards of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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If a child asks why they should eat broccoli, one can answer by explaining that eating broccoli gives you more energy to run and jump. Because playing is an activity which children tend to enjoy, they will then relate the healthy food choice of ‘broccoli’ with pleasure. At all times a child ‘must be supported in developing and understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food’(EYFS (2007) in Macleod – Brudenell, 2008, p70)

What also should to be considered by a practitioner are the different physical needs of each child. When proposing a balanced diet, allergies, religions, or different diet choices should be taken into account. Eczema is an example of a condition which can be triggered by dietary choices. This condition can have an effect on a child's physical well-being and therefore food products which promote eczema will have to be identified and supplemented for in a child prone to eczema outbreaks. If a child's eczema is triggered by dairy products, one can consider using alternatives which will also provide nutrition's to the child. This is just a simple example, but it is clear that there are many alternative food products which can be used to promote good health in children. The practitioner must understand and know their options, when creating a balanced diet for a child in the nursery setting.

Not only is food itself important for a child's physical development, but so is its
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