Recognising and including the voices and reflections of young children is at the heart of early years practice.
Children have a right to have their voice heard and listening to young children brings many benefits to both children and those who work and care for them. It is crucial that young children’s individual needs, preferences, feelings, views and experiences are understood and considered as part of everyday practice. This ensures the ethos of the unique child is kept central and appropriate provision and support is given to each child. It enables young children to develop the sense that they are important and their voice is heard and can make a difference.
Listening to young children is more important than ever as we continue through the coronavirus pandemic. Children will have had many different experiences of the pandemic, and it is vital that young children are given the opportunity to express and talk about these experiences. Those who work and care for young children need to be attuned to the effects of the pandemic on individual children and to provide appropriate support for families and children.
Listening to the voices of young children
This one-day introductory course is for all those who work with young children to find out how to more effectively listen to young children to ensure that their views, wishes and feelings are being considered, and that we are tuning in to their needs and preferences. This course will inspire and enable practitioners to listen to young children and involve them in decisions which affect their lives, through everyday practice.
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