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The importance of empowerment of children in early years set

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The Importance of Empowerment of Children in Early Years Settings
LA C: Key learning points
Topic C.1
It is important that children are involved in making decisions about things that affect them - empowerment.
Empowerment benefits physical, emotional, social & cognitive development.

What is empowerment?

Think about how you might feel if someone else decided things for you - for instance, what you wear, what you eat etc.

Even young children have views on what they need and what they like to do, depending on their age.
Decisions for young children will not be restricted.
If adults take children's views into account it will show that they are valued and that they are listened to.Above all children have a right to be informed and to their own opinions.
Learning Outcomes
Why early years settings seek to empower children:
● children have a right to be informed, involved and consulted about all decisions that affect them
● to value children as their feelings and opinions are taken into account
● to show respect to children
● to help children to respect themselves and others
● to involve children in decision making, e.g. play opportunities, routines.
ow empowerment benefits children, including:
● benefits to physical development, e.g. children gain confidence to try new challenges, more motivated to practise skills, helps children to make decisions about risk
● benefits to emotional development, e.g. self-esteem encouraged from being given opportunities to be involved in decision-making processes, more likely to be able to manage own behaviour if they have had some input in decisions about appropriate behaviour, boundaries and expectations
● benefits to social development, e.g. children develop self-respect and learn to respect and value others and the feelings of others
● benefits to cognitive development, e.g. involvement in decision-making processes encourages motivation, perseverance and concentration.

How empowerment benefits children, including:
● benefits to physical development, e.g. children gain confidence to try new challenges, more motivated to practise skills, helps children to make decisions about risk
● benefits to emotional development, e.g. self-esteem encouraged from being given opportunities to be involved in decision-making processes, more likely to be able to manage own behaviour if they have had some input in decisions about appropriate behaviour, boundaries and expectations
● benefits to social development, e.g. children develop self-respect and learn to respect and value others and the feelings of others
● benefits to cognitive development, e.g. involvement in decision-making processes encourages motivation, perseverance and concentration.
Visual Timetables
What is a visual timetable?
When may this be used?
Where would you see it?

Visual timetables will support the understanding of younger chilren or children with ALS about what will happen next and how it will affect them.
For example, to let them know about nappy changing time.

In groups of 3 produce your own visual timetable that gives younger children and those with learning difficulties information om what will happen during a day in their school or nursery.
How empowerment benefits children
In pairs identify benefits of encouraging children to dress themselves.

Discuss and list all the ways that children can benefit through empowerment.

Around the room are all the different areas of development. In your groups link your benefits to the different areas of development.
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Rights of the Child
On the board state what you think should be the rights of the child.

Class discussion.
Children's Rights
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child gives all children the right to be informed & consulted.
UNCRC sets out all the rights of children and the UK signed up to those rights.

That means that laws in the UK must support children's right.

There are 2 'articles' that give children rights in relation to inclusive practice e.g. involving children in decisions about them.

In small groups read article 12 & 13 and discuss what you think they mean.
Create a thought shower of your ideas.
Feedback & class discussion.
Rights of the Child
In what situations is it important to involve children in decisions about themselves? Give examples.

What types of information should be given to children and what information might they need to seek?
Children have the rights to.....
To be informed, involved and consulted about all decisions that affect them.

To be valued and have their feelings and opinions taken in to consideration.

To be respected as individuals, and to be supported to give respect to others in return.

To be involved in decision making.
Scenario
In groups discuss the following scenario:

Should a young child be allowed to give consent to an operation?

Should a young child be consulted about treatment?

Debate your points.
Staff Guidelines
In groups of 3 discuss and produce guidelines for new staff working in an early years setting on ways to show respect for children and also ways to help children respect themselves, other children & adults.
The Benefits of Empowerment
In small groups read the scenarios given to you.

For your scenarios identify the benefits of empowerment for each area of development.

Remember to consider the age and stage of development.

Class discussion.
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