Research has concluded that high quality pre-school education has an impact on positive developmental outcomes for children and is achieved when children’s interests are recognised and employed within nursery practice.
This policy has been developed to ensure that children’s views contribute to the assessment of quality, and on-going improvement of the nursery setting.
To assist practitioners and encourage children to express their views, the following strategies will be employed;
- Practitioners will physically lower themselves so that eye contact can be made between adult and child. Looking and listening attentively are crucial aspects of building relationships with children.
- Children will be given the time and space to respond to others comments and questions.
- Children will be reminded to wait until the other person has finished talking, for their turn to speak. Waiting until a child has finished saying what they want to say confirms to them the importance of their communication.
- Practitioners will model the use of language that voice opinions, for example; ‘I prefer’, ‘I like that because…’ or I don’t like that because…’ supporting children in learning vocabulary that will allow them to express their views.
- Practitioners understand that children’s views can be acquired in a variety of ways, not just through verbal communication, for example; through the observation of children’s facial expression and body movement, drawings and paintings and model making, recognising their value as a means of improving the quality of the nursery provision.
- Practitioners understand that when adults and children work together and children are involved in decision making and feedback processes, they benefit from increased levels of self-esteem, social skills, responsibility and empathy.
- If a child’s interests or wishes cannot be supported or provided by the setting, due to other factors, the decision will be explained and discussed with the child and if appropriate an alternative or compromised solution may be reached.
- Each term key persons will ask their key children which areas of the nursery they like/dislike. The nursery will provide a variety of means for the children to express their views, for example cameras, stickers, paper and pens and voice recorders. The information acquired will be used to support planning and continuous enhancement of the nursery environment.
This policy was adopted on September 2015
Updated/reviewed February 2017
Manager J Nolan-Davies