Belonging Experiencing belonging — knowing where and with whom you belong — is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become. Being Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.
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It is built on the recognition that children start learning from birth and even pre-birth and that providing children with the right environment, tools, guidance and methods of learning can actually help to increase their ability to learn through out their lives. The framework is designed to accomplish this goal while at the same time providing a universal set of standards to help improve the quality and consistency in the early years sector.
By helping a child increase his sense of belonging you can help provide a safe and comfortable environment in which a child can learn. It is simply the acceptance that as a child learns and grows he is constantly changing. High Expectations and Equity. Believing that all children have the ability to learn and grow whatever their cultural diversities or abilities and providing varied opportunities for all children to learn.
Respect For Diversity. Showing a respect and reflecting the values of family and cultural beliefs. Showing on an ongoing basis that every lifestyle and culture is important as are their languages, histories and traditions. Focus on promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Ongoing Learning. Continuing to increase professional knowledge and learning practices, Value the knowledge of local families and communities and gather information that supports childrens developmental learning.
Belonging, Being and Becoming
A child needs to feel a sense of belonging in order to learn, grow and develop. They need to feel accepted and welcomed by their families, their culture, their community and the world around them and these relationships and connections need to nurtured and strengthened. Belonging means feeling supported emotionally. It means feeling valued, involved, welcomed and wanted. It means feeling safe and secure and feeling loved.
Early Years Learning Framework - Japanese
Think about what is important to you… your family, your culture, your identity. Now think about a time where you felt completely at ease, welcomed, understood and respected….. What was the difference between these two experiences that made you feel this way? Do the children in your care have a sense of belonging? Are their cultures, family type, values and beliefs respected, welcomed and protrayed in a positive light? Do the children in your care have a sense of being?
Belonging, Being & Becoming
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