Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Making relationships: Kingswood provides a happy, safe and secure environment where children learn to play co-operatively, take turns, be and share with others. With staff support children develop the ability to show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings and take account of these in their play. Children form positive, close relationships with their Key Person, other adults and each other. Our ‘All Friends Together’ club, an inter-generational project where we visit care homes, allows children to develop relationships with others.
Self-confidence and self-awareness: At Kingswood we support children to develop their confidence, to try new activities and to say why they like some activities more than others. Circle time and adult-led activities will enable children to speak in a familiar group and talk about their ideas. Children will be encouraged to develop resilience, take risks, keep trying and ask for support when they need it.
Managing feelings and behaviour: Staff will support children to talk about their emotions and also recognise how others are feeling. A thorough induction programme and positive ‘Behaviour Management’ policy enables children to learn routines, boundaries and acceptable behaviour standards. The children learn to take turns, share, follow rules and work considerately as part of a group.
Additional Resources to Support Parents, Carers and Students
Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern. Be alert to how each other is feeling.
You can find some very useful resources on the ‘Anna Freud National Centre National Centre for Children and Families’ – www.annafreud.org/about-us
Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity supporting bereaved children since 1992 – www.winstonswish.org
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. www.childbereavementuk.org
How can parents and carers help?
- All children thrive on established routines! They need the love and security that you offer them day and night and they need to learn about expectations, acceptable behaviour and boundaries.
- Your child needs to be able to work and play co-operatively in a group beyond the family. Encourage them to share, to co-operate, to behave appropriately, to exercise self-discipline and to treat their surroundings with care.
- Make tidying up after an activity a regular occurrence, teach them that it is polite to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, that it is kind to offer someone else a sweet, that it is rude to interrupt when you are talking to someone else.
- Play games with them so that they learn to share and take turns. Encourage them to help you around the house, putting shopping away, sorting the washing, setting the table. Teach your child values, such as kindness, fairness, respect, honesty, concern for others and right and wrong.
- Enjoy your child’s company, make time to talk with them, listen to them. If you are able to do this then all of the other qualities will develop naturally in everyday situations.