According to Dan Gartrell, guidance is “a way of

According to Dan Gartrell,
guidance is  “a way of teaching that
nurtures each child’s potential through consistently positive (sometimes firm,
but always friendly) interactions; classroom management that teaches rather
than punishes.” (2012, p. 156).                                                                                          



guidance relationships, is more than attending to needs of the children, it is
focused on building emotional ties with each child so that it benefits all the
children and their families including the challenged children in the classroom.
Healthy relationship with children is dependent on safe and secured attachment that
children have with Educarers and their families. Secured attachments signify to
children that they are safe by comforting adults who is available to meet their
needs. Nurturing relationships with children is also promoted through daily
positive interactions and relationship based care demonstrating safety, trust
and belonging. 

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Adults who facilitate positive
guidance in their daily interactions with children assist individual child to:


Feel a sense of belonging

Develop healthy self-esteem

Respect themselves as well as others

Resilient in coping with a variety of stressors


relationship care for infants and Toddlers is based on understanding of the
social emotional milestones of the child. This equips the Educarer to better
apply strategies at various stages of the child’s development.                   

The following chart below developed by Diane
Trister Dodge, Sherrie Rudick, and Laura Colker (2009) provides aspects of
social-emotional development with examples of how you might respond to each
stage in your practice as an Educarer