Assignment 2: HDLH?
Belonging: Cultivating Authentic Relationships & Connections
"Every child deserves to have someone's eyes light up when they enter the room"(How Does Learning Happen?, 2014). This quote signifies how every child needs at least one individual who is grateful for the child's presence in order to make the child feel wanted and respected.
Acceptance and Understanding
Strong, quality relationships between families and childcare settings enable the families to develop trust, confidence, and a sense of belonging when they know that their values and expectations for their children are respected at the child care centre. Establishing and maintaining good relationships with families is an important task for early childhood educators because getting to know each family's unique values and experiences assists to work hand-in-hand with the children's families in terms of the children's learning and development.
Having a good relationship with the children's families helps to strengthen the child's sense of belonging and security when they can create and explore between home and the child care setting. Inviting families to participate in their children's program at their child care setting encourages the children's interest in learning.
Child care settings can help teach children to be active participants in society by creating an inclusive environment that enables them to participate and collaborate effectively and form genuine relationships. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that all children, including those with special needs, are entitled to the same opportunities, such as health care, nutrition, education, social inclusion, and protection. Having appropriate and quality support and resources for children with special needs at child care settings allows children to integrate into today's society.
Providing opportunities for children to contribute to the world allows them to develop a sense of belonging and a connection to their community, the environment, and all living things. Being supportive of the connections that children make is important for enhancing the children's experiences and interactions with the world around them. Encouraging the children to experience, interact, and connect with nature contributes to their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.