K3D161 Strategies to help children feel welcome and valued
K3D161 – Strategies you can adopt to help children feel welcome and valued in the setting.
At the beginning of the day I carefully place myself so that I can meet and greet the children, helping them to put away their coats, book bags and any special toy or certificate that they have bought in to show. We also have a self register system including our main registration where the children are encouraged to find their own name and put it from “out” to “in” school.
I always ensure that I give the children equal amounts of my time and listen carefully to what they wish to express and share with me. We provide carefully placed activities within the setting such as the home corner, messy area, themed role play areas (topic based), quiet area, different toys and games for the children to explore and experience.
We extend our activities to the outside area giving the children time, space and choices of free flow play. Part of my duties includes developing the children’s experiences, learning opportunities and activities across the EYFS curriculum. We also encourage the children to understand daily routines and behaviour boundaries.
We provide weekly ‘Key person’ time to ensure that we know our key children really well so that we can support their personal and emotional well being within the school.
The overall environment of the school is warm and friendly and within the foundation stage we have bright coloured rugs and displays of the children’s finished work. We also provide areas and everyday objects for children to help them with the transition from home to the school environment. We have a space for the children to display special creations that they are proud of, on our project table. These can include junk models, constructions and play dough models. This will help the children feel valued giving them a feeling of belonging.
At all times we ensure that we have positive body language and facial expressions making the children feel welcome and secure within the environment. With new children coming into an already established class we ask a child to “buddy” them. We encourage the child to show them our daily routines and to sit next to them at circle time and lunchtimes until the new child feels happy to explore by them self.
With new children from pre-schools that are joining us in the next academic year we provide weekly visits that start around Easter time. They come along with the pre-school practitioners to spend time in the school, playing and meeting the staff in the foundation area this will hopefully help with their transition into big school.