This introduction to the voice of the child has been written with the practitioner in mind. I am an Early Childhood Academic who prides himself on advocating for child- centred values in Early Childhood Education and Care.
The booklet consists of three blocks:
- The foundations of listening to the child
- How we respond to children
- Effective listening, communicating and changing
Within each of these sections, there will be reflective opportunities, activities and ways to make what is written applicable within your practice. The mini-booklet will have many outcomes of being able to listen to the voice of the child including the theory, the history, child’s participation and the complexities of children within your care. The overarching aspect of this booklet is about reflecting on our practice, but much more than that. It is about how we listen, how we communicate and how we can make necessary changes to support a more inclusive, child-centred approach where the child has an equal voice within your practice.
Children’s views are integral to evidence-based practice because respecting a child’s experiences is also fundamental to the values of effective Early Childhood practice. The voice of the child is a general term used to express how we are creating meaningful engagement with our children. Daily direct work should focus on listening to and responding to what children are saying is important to them, taking on board their views and considering their wishes.
This mini handbook has been written to assist Early Childhood professionals on capturing the child’s voice by ensuring that it is placed right at the core of any planning. Decision making and delivery of early childhood services.
I hope you find the booklet helpful