Socio-emotional Development: the importance of consistent, nurturing relationships in the first years of life. You have learned how resilience factors can protect against the harmful effects of toxic stress in the form of adverse childhood experiences and how important it is for caregivers and family members to seek support for their unresolved trauma. Activity Objectives This activity is designed to support the following Learning Objectives: Compare and contrast developmental theories and research that expand our understanding of infant and toddler growth and development.
The early years of a child’s life are crucial for their socio-emotional development. During this time, infants and toddlers are forming the foundation for their future social and emotional well-being. One of the key factors that influence this development is the quality of their relationships with caregivers and family members. This essay explores the significance of consistent, nurturing relationships in the first years of life, drawing on developmental theories and research from the past five years. Additionally, we will discuss how these relationships can serve as resilience factors, protecting children against the harmful effects of toxic stress, particularly in the context of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Furthermore, we will emphasize the importance of caregivers and family members seeking support for their unresolved trauma to promote healthy socio-emotional development in children.