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Each month, Richland First Steps selects one school readiness goal from the SC Early Learning Standards (SCELS) to spotlight throughout our programs for children, families, and child care providers.

This month’s concept comes from the Health and Physical Development domain of the SCELS. Like all the standards, there are developmental indicators (What to Expect) that show a child’s progress on this goal at each stage and developmental strategies (How to Help Them), to help their progression:

Infants (Birth to 12 months)

  • Accept care routines (mouth care, handwashing, diapering, dressing, and bathing).

Younger Toddlers (8 to 21 months)

  • Cooperate and help with care routines and clean-up(mouthcare, handwashing, diapering, dressing, bathing)

Older Toddlers (18 to 36 months)

  • Initiate self-care routines and complete them with guidance (put on some clothes, toileting, cleaning up, etc.

Younger Preschoolers (36 to 48 months)

  • Ask for help with positioning and movement, and/or participate in medical care routines as needed.

Older Preschoolers (48 to 60+ months)

  • Dress and undress themselves with occasional assistance.
  • Serve food for themselves.

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