Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important, for example; Following the children’s interests for topics and activities.
Encouraging children to make decisions together e.g. When sharing a group toy (such as a train set).
Encouraging children to see their role in the ‘bigger picture’ e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, community etc.
Encouraging children to value each other’s beliefs and to talk about their feelings; for example when they do or do not need help, topic ideas or circle time activities about likes/dislikes.
Providing opportunities for the children to vote for activity choices, a song for circle time, a book for story time.
Encouraging activities that promote sharing and turn taking, discussion and collaboration e.g. model making, role play and using equipment.
Working together to create an environment where it is ‘safe’ to make mistakes, share thoughts and ideas, and to explore other options e.g. promoting forgiveness after an argument, opportunities to retry an activity.