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The same is true within the planned structures of daily life. If a child wakes up angry and throws their breakfast at the wall this will create a potentially lively dynamic within the group. It may distress the other children who will need to be consoled and comforted [and possibly protected]. Attention will also need to be paid to the individual who was so angry.
At the same time as they are being held accountable for their behaviour there is a simultaneous attempt to understand what it means and to respond accordingly. This needs to go on throughout the day, being attentive to the needs of the child, trying to understand what they are doing, always being available to their communications no matter how trivial, or bizarre or incomprehensible they may appear to be.
We symbolize our commitment to the care of the child by the quality of the physical space [this does not always mean tidy and ordered, it is children we look after], the way in which we plan, prepare, and produce food [so symbolic of emotional feeding], the way in which we look after their clothes and belongings can give meaning to their lives that was lacking before. Obviously the extent and variety of the events of the day creates exponential complexity and it is the overall structure that contains, directs and coordinates this dynamic. Scroll down for more