The Belonging of A Child

by: Natalie De Sousa, Denise Tecson

March 20, 2016

Professor: Corrine McCormick-Brighton

CHLD 1302

reference: (2014). How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years. Queen's Printer for Ontario.

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Belonging = Secure Relationships

  • the goal is for children to feel connected to other people and thus develop interactions that help expand their world of experiences
  • secure relationships are a strong connection to caregivers that give children the confidence to play, learn, and explore

How To Support A Child's Sense of Belonging

  • belonging is supported when a child's individuality and presence is valued
  • belonging is strengthened when children have the opportunity to explore connections between their home life and the ECE program (e.g. invite/encourage family to participate in the child's experiences in the centre)

A Child's Sense of Belonging is Demonstrated When:

  • children feel safe and included in relationships with everyone
  • children are able to feel comfortable expressing themselves without feeling judged or persecuted
  • children can accept others and respond positively to differences, uniqueness, and new perspectives of others

Why Is A Child's Sense of Belonging Important?

  • a feeling of belonging helps the children learn to collaborate, negotiate, communicate, and care for others
  • it helps develop the child's self-esteem
  • a sense of belonging is a key contributor to a child's lifelong well-being
  • family, educators, and the community are able to gain a deeper understanding of perception of the child
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How To Promote a Child's Sense of Belonging in The Centre

  • pay attention to each child's cues and respond in a positive, warm, and sensitive manner
  • value each child's sense of self, presence, and individuality
  • plan for smooth transitions between home, settings, daily routines, and all early years environments
  • support pro-social behavior such as sharing, collaborating/cooperation, caring for others, and responding positively to other individuals
  • establish warm and caring manners through body language
  • capitalize one-on-one interactions between children during daily routines
  • discover each child's unique characteristics by communicating with their parents, guardians, and/or other family members
  • express a sense of purpose when children participate in the program, daily routines, and community
  • find ways to incorporate children's skills and interests within the learning curriculum
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