North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children demonstrate knowledge of relationships and roles within their own families, homes, and communities.

Skill Progression: Demonstrates knowledge of relationships and roles

Age: 12-15 Months

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Engages in doll play, recreating nurturing of parents

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with peers. Include a doll and bottle or blanket in the toys.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed. If needed hand the doll to the child along with the bottle or blanket.

Behavior Observed

The child will pretend to feed the baby, cover it, or hug it.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Exposure to other children is important for expanding the child’s social skills and relationships. Introduction of dramatic play props such as dolls also encourages children to assume the roles they see in their family.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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