Scocial emotional development

birth to age 2


  • refers to quality and intensity of emotional reactions.
  • Passivity actively involved child with his/her surroundings.
  • Children differ in their level of irritability`[.
  • Activity patterns/levels of movement vary in infants.


  • Strong emotional connection that develops between people.
  • Crying and clinging are attachment behaviors.

Changes over time

  • Your actions depends on how child change.
  • Trust develops when there is predictability
  • They will feel safe and happy
  • Children will learn to trust/care for others

Birth to three Months

  • At birth new borns dont have refined emotions.
  • Distress is shown.
  • May notice there are'nt tears when crying.

Three to six months

  • responds to people with smiles and laughter
  • Crying is still used to show distress.
  • In this stage tears begin to appear.
  • Different cry signal different distress

Six to twelve months

  • Become activly involved with caregiver
  • may cry show anger when caregiver leaves.
  • seperation anxiety starts to show

Twelve to Twenty four months

  • Become more interested in exploring
  • become more interested in other children