Weekly Wrap (3rd February 2017) – secure, respectful, reciprocal relationships
This week passed by quickly, we have had a few more children joining our Kings Road Preschool Family and we warmly welcome them and their families.
We continued with our focus this week of building relationships – with our new children and their families and growing our relationships with our returning families. Why are relationships so important to us? We know that children learn best when they feel safe and secure in their learning environment. For children returning after their Christmas break, it is time to catch up and renew friendships; children need time to reconnect and find out in their own way and time about different personalities of other children; similarities; shared interests and how they can communicate and collaborate in their learning; and re-establish friendships after so many children left at the end of 2016. It is wonderful to observe new relationships being developed between children who have known each other from last year, growing new friendships!
Our new children have to establish trusting and secure relationships with our Educational Team and with the children in Preschool. Building relationships take time, children are moving from their closest attachments with their families to a new environment with new people and routines. Our team have been supporting and talking with our newer learners and guiding them throughout our Preschool day. We base our practice on what is known as the Attachment Theory – where children build secure attachments with responsive caregivers. In the Preschool setting we need to build that attachment with children to optimise learning outcomes and wellbeing for children.
Understanding the nature and quality of secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships
The first Principle in the EYLF is “Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships”.
From the Kings Road Long Day Preschool Team