Feeling Safe and Secure
Helping children feel they belong by having routines, clear structures are needed to give stability, comfort and a pattern of the day, but with flexibility and stimulating input to enable experiences to be relevant and challenging. An example of this is using a visual timetable.
Helping children feel they belong by having routines, for example, welcome and departure songs and greetings.
Ensure children feel safe both physically and emotionally.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides some good examples of how practitioners can support children to feel safe both physically and emotionally, some are tried and tested
- Give all children the best opportunities for effective development and learning and learning in personal, social and emotional development.
- Ensure each child has a key person.
- Make sure there is time and space for children to concentrate on activities and experiences and develop their own interest.
- Provide positive images that challenge children's thinking and help them to embrace differences in gender, ethnicity, religion, culture and special educational needs and or a disability.
- Give support and a structured approach to vulnerable children and those with particular behavioural or communication difficulties to help them achieve successful personal, social and emotional development.
- Provide an environment where children can explore and 'have a go' without the need to produce an end result.