Why Should We Value and Respect Children

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WHY SHOULD WE VALUE AND RESPECT CHILDREN

Each member of staff within a childcare setting has a responsibility for the children in their care for the children’s well-being, learning and development. Each child therefore is valued and respected by all staff showing that they respect each child as a individual, realising each child has different strengths and weaknesses.

However it is the practitioners’ responsibility to recognise the specific strengths and needs of each child as an individual, and to provide them with a range of activities that encourage them to explore, develop and extend their knowledge and skills in a safe and supportive setting. When planning activities all staff must ensure that each child can participate taking into account any disability or cultural differences that may have an effect on their ability to participate. This will allow the children to explore and extend their knowledge and skills within a safe and supportive setting. By valuing and respecting children positive relationships can be built up between staff, parents and children, this shows good practice by the setting

(EYFS 2012 pg 2) under the four principles states that “Children learn and develop well in enabling environment, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers. That they value all people and value learning”.

By the staff observing children and encouraging the children to take part in activities, giving them rewards and praising them for their efforts will show them that they are valued and respected individually, allowing the children to develop to be more independent and as adults will value and respect other people's individuality and feelings.

LISTENING TO CHILDREN’S VIEWS AND OPININONS

Listening to children views and opinions and acting on them will help to develop their self confidence and self respect. This helps to develop a better relationship...
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