Children can be highly flexible, resilient people who cope with changing routines, changes in physical environment and changes in the behaviour of others.

Yet, often change can have a traumatic effect on a child’s life and can impact upon learning, social and emotional wellbeing.

A child’s transition from home to preschool, from preschool to primary school and from primary school to secondary school are key moments of change and can have significant effect on learning and development. A change in social group, educator or teacher can trigger development (physical or emotional) issues that may have been covered by routine and familiarity with a group of children and adults.

But change is often a natural state for children. How can we support children to cope with and thrive when faced with changing situations?

 Some important questions about change that we will consider this month:

-              How can parents and educational professionals support children in dealing with change?

-              How important is resilience to healthy active children?

-              How can change have a positive effect on a child’s development?

-              How may change in social groups, routines or adult interaction affect a child’s development?

-              How can parents and education professionals develop partnerships when embracing change?

-              How can parents and education professionals embrace change to help develop resilient children?

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