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A VISION OF INTENT FOR BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

WITH CHILDREN IN MY CARE


Building of relationships with children is central to our work with
young children. Relationships are foregrounded in the EYLF, the
QKLG and the NQS as providing a strong foundation for childrens
learning and development and as foundational for the construction
of identity (DEEWR, 2009. P.20). The building of safe and nurturing
relationships with children is identified as something about which
we need to be intentional (See QKLG, p, 21). Each child has the right
to reach their set goals with the assistance of their educator.
Learners should always be the first considered in decisions in
regards to learning. Educators are here to develop students not just
feed students skills and knowledge.
Building relationships with children are important for the following
reasons

They help support students in their learning (DEEWER, 2009).


They help the educator build a students autonomy (DEEWER,
2009).
They help the student feel safe and secure in the classroom
(DEEWER, 2009).
Supports brain development
(serve and return) Students are able to feel cared for as
educators are responding to their cues/needs
Students are able to develop self-regulation with support
Students are able build confidence in themselves and risk take
with support

Strong partnerships are characterized by:


Respect
Communication
Support
Reliability
Genuine Interest
I will use the following strategies/pedagogies to build relationships
with children:
Show genuine delight in being with the child
Actively look for the strengths of each child
Remember what the child has told me
Activity observe and participate in the Childrens play

Encourage regular communication with the children


Build upon students interests

I will engage in ongoing reflection about how I am working towards


building relationships with the children