Social development

Foster social development in early childhood CHCFC503A

This unit is about fostering children's social development and promoting their ethical understanding.



1. Support children to build and maintain trusting relationships

  1. Listen attentively and show children their views are valued and acknowledged
  2. Acknowledge and support children's preferences for particular adults and peers
  3. Help children to understand and accept responsibility for their own actions
  4. Encourage children to express and mange feelings appropriately
  5. Support children's various levels of interaction and participation with others during play


2. Plan experiences for children's positive social interaction that will enhance their development

  1. Evaluate the social development of the child
  2. Plan opportunities for different forms of social interaction between children
  3. Plan experiences and opportunities that promote their moral development and social skills and that respect each child's needs, interests and development stage
  4. Structure experiences and equipment in ways that promote cooperation and conflict resolution
  5. Arrange the environment to encourage interaction and also accommodate a child's need for privacy, solitude and/or quiet


3. Provide experiences for children's positive social interaction as planned

  1. Encourage children to respect each other's individual needs, abilities and interests, culture, age, and development
  2. Encourage children to regard differences positively and to discuss them. These are usually affected by children's age/maturity, capabilities, child's family, school, peer group attitudes and beliefs, prior life experiences
  3. Support children who have difficulty interacting with others, to establish and maintain friendships and group membership
  4. Acknowledge and encourage appropriate, supportive and effective communication between children
  5. Encourage children to interact with a variety of people and to initiate and develop contact with others, as appropriate
  6. Celebrate special occasions in culturally sensitive ways
  7. Respect children's choice to watch and observe
  8. Foster and respect children's own grouping choice
  9. Talk about and respond to children as group members as well as individuals
  10. Identify children's social skills and development and monitor them.
  11. Promote and support pre-schoolers' social skills relevant to their transition to school


4. Other skills

  1. Accept each child's rate of development, needs, interests and strengths
  2. Planning
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. Team building skills
  5. Organize yourself and manage your time
  6. Active listening and empathy
  7. Value differences among children: stage of development, needs, interests, strengths
  8. Treat all parents and children equitably, including Indigenous people
  9. Work with cultural diversity.
  10. Apply the following skills identified as underpinning national child health and well being core competencies, where they are applicable to the work role:
    • Implement effective evidence-based service delivery
    • Coordinate service delivery to families with an interdisciplinary teamwork approach and where possible collaborative interagency practice
    • Support infants and toddlers to master key developmental tasks
    • Identify emerging trends in child needs early and address them
    • Manage children's health needs, eating behaviours and physical activity
    • Provide safe environments and relationships for children
    • Engage with parents/carers and families and work with them.