Principle 6

Principle 1

Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood educators and other early learning practitioners are essential to early childhood settings.

What the Experts say

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Knowledgeable and responsive adults:

  • Recognize that responding to the unique abilities, needs, and characteristics of each child, family, and community is central to supporting learning and development.
  • Engage with children as co-learners as they explore their environments.
  • Provoke children's thinking, create meaningful programs, and guide interactions with children and their families.
  • Use a warm and positive approach to support children's developing ability to express emotions and take other perspectives.
  • Know when to stand back and observe and when to enter children's play to stimulate thinking.
  • Make a commitment to build self-awareness, regularly reflect on practices and engage in new learning experiences, both individually and with colleagues.

Principles Into Practice

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The following questions provide a starting point to help you reflect on your own practices:

  • How do you find a balance between recognizing a child's innate ability to discover and learn independently and knowing when to engage with children to expand their thinking and deepen their learning?
  • What strategies can you use to encourage and provoke children's exploration?
  • In what ways are you engaged in critical reflection of your practices and ongoing professional development?

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