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: 30-33 Months

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Separation may still be stressful, calms with reassurance and distractions

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child when the adult is leaving the child with another adult.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child may cry for a period, but calm when reassured and distracted with toys and/or other children.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Let parents know that it is easier for children to develop independence when they have regular separations. Parents need a night out or a day out. Getting children used to new adults teaches them self-reliance and self-confidence.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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