One of the most rewarding and demanding aspects of teaching young children is that you have an opportunity to build up a fairly close working relationship with a small number of children (relative to the numbers of children a secondary teacher may have to try to keep track of). Building this relationship can take a lot of time and effort and is an aspect of teaching that is difficult to teach anyone else to do. It is a very personal thing, but considering other people's approaches and points of view can help us tackle it in our own ways, with more confidence. Here we cover:
23 Dealing with upset children 24 Play times 25 Making children feel secure and comfortable 26 Helping children build self-esteem 27 Dealing with bad behaviour
When working with young children, you are bound to have to deal with emotional upsets as there are any number of reasons why children might get themselves into states. How you deal with these situations is very much a personal thing and depends greatly on your experience of the child concerned, but possibly the most important thing is to calm the situation down quickly in order for you to get to the cause of the problem. These tips are designed to help you to take control of the situation promptly and effectively.