Interact with children in a way that values them and meets their individual needs

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.4: Use legislation relating to equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Learning outcome: Be able to work in ways which support equality, diversity and inclusive practice
Assessment criteria: Interact with children in a way that values them and meets their individual needs

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The knowledge that you have gained in previous sections relating to equality, diversity and inclusion should embody all aspects of your working practice. This includes the way that you interact with children and meet their needs.

It is essential that you recognise that each child is an individual with their own unique set of needs. You should always aim to treat each child fairly and equally while also considering their individual needs. This includes interacting with them in a way that values them as individuals.

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You should always be conscious of your words when talking to children. The language you use can greatly impact how they see themselves and the world around them. For example, avoid using labels such as ‘naughty’ or ‘lazy’ as these can impact a child’s self-esteem. Instead, try to use positive language to encourage children to see themselves in a positive way.

When interacting with children, it is also important to be aware of your body language. Avoid crossing your arms or using a stern tone of voice as this can make children feel intimidated or scared. Instead, try to use open body language and a friendly tone of voice to make children feel comfortable and valued.

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There will be a diverse range of children in your setting with different backgrounds, cultures and spiritual beliefs, and it is important that you value and celebrate these differences. This includes interacting with children in a way that is respectful of their beliefs and culture.

You could plan activities that explore the different cultures in your setting, such as tasting different foods from around the world. This can help children feel a sense of belonging within the setting.

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For children that have different communication needs, you may be required to learn new communication methods. For example, a child with a learning disability may be able to express themselves better through Makaton than verbally.

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