Observe babies’ emotional responses and plan the routines, the environment and play experiences to support them.
Encourage parents to bring their baby’s comforter/transitional object to ease the change from home to setting.
Create a cosy, quiet place for babies to be calm.
Provide comfortable seating such as a sofa or cushions for baby and key person to be together.
Create spaces and experiences in which babies feel secure enough to explore and play.
Provide resources including picture books and stories that focus on a range of emotions.
Store babies’ toys and comforters where they can find and reach them.
Communicate with parents/carers daily to ensure continuity of care between home and setting.
Communicate with sensitivity when interacting with parents who do not speak or understand English and draw on the language skills available where possible.
Develop close partnerships with parents to discuss and agree boundaries of behaviour
Maintain an awareness and understanding that children who have had adverse experiences may require additional all-round support.
Ensure practitioners have regular opportunities to reflect on their emotional responses to the children and to their work as well as thinking about the children’s progress and planning play experiences.