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Working with children

Meeting needs | Adults | Observing | Play | Engagement | Support

Meeting children and young people’s needs

Adults as a resource

Observing and responding

Imaginative play and talk

Child-directed engagement

Learning experiences are most successful when they involve children in hands on, minds on activity. Whether supporting children in play or designing a specific learning experience, it is crucial to consider what the child’s experience of the activity will be.

Consider different levels of engagement. For instance, colouring-in sheets provide children with choice about the colours they use and children perform the action of colouring in. On the other hand, a drawing activity provides children with choice over the content and process and an opportunity to express their ideas. They decide what to draw, what materials to use and how to use them. By giving children ownership of the process, they will feel more connected throughout the process and will feel a sense of ownership over the end product. By giving them opportunities to think for themselves they will also learn more from the experience.

When supporting children it is also important to stay mindful of what the child’s experience is. For instance, is it more important for the child to experience building a tower of blocks in their own way that will inevitably fall over or to watch you build a perfect tower of blocks that they have minimal input into?Back to top of page

Supporting lifelong learning through effective practice

Joy: freedom, fun, laughter and play
Inclusion: a sense of belonging, trust and acceptance
Collaboration: active partnerships, dialogue and interaction
Challenge: imagination, critical thinking, creative risk taking and problem solving
Immersion: time and space for practice and deep thinking
Agency: personal choice, initiative and investigation
Self-awareness: self reflection, dimensions of self identity and evaluation
Multiple literacies: opportunities for the development of multiliteracies including critical and information literacy








Multiple literacies


Last updated: 8th July 2013

Creatively engaging people with information, knowledge and community

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