Children arrive at early childhood education and care (ECEC) services with experience of living and learning with others in a range of communities. Once they arrive, having a positive sense of identity and experiencing respectful, responsive relationships strengthens children’s interest and skills in being and becoming active contributors to their world.
Because of that, and because children are competent humans who have the inherent right and capability to contribute to decisions that affect their lives, under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, it’s important to make sure that their perspectives, positions and understandings - grouped together using the term “children’s voices” - are demonstrated in the program and practice of the service..sometimes a tall order, but never fear! Our Sprout education experts are here to help, with the following reflective questions designed to guide your thinking about including children’s voices.
As you walk around your service, look and listen for evidence and answers to the following questions;