North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Emotional and Social Development (ESD)

Subdomain: Developing a Sense of Self with Others

Goal: Children form relationships and interact positively with familiar adults who are consistent and responsive to their needs.

Skill Progression: Separation

Age: 48-54 Months

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No separation distress

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child before and after the adult leaves her with another adult. Also observe during daily routines.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child typically kisses the adult goodbye and begins to play.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Help parents understand that young children should have chores so they learn they have a responsibility to the whole family, not just themselves. Children also need boundaries and an understanding of what is a “want” and what is a “need.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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