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Consulting with Children - Being child-led

What are the objectives of the course?
  • To understand why adults should consult and listen to children
  • To consider the benefits and value in consulting and listening to children
  • To implement a small scale project to consult with children

What is the content of the course?

This course explains what is consulting, listening to and participation of children. It also considers the legislation and practical reasons for consulting with children. It considers the benefits of this approach
and gives some practical examples where this has been done. It then aims to support practitioners in developing their practice in consulting with and listening to children by using a small action research approach. This is then ideally shared at a future session to continue highlighting good practice.

What is the duration of the course?

This course can be delivered:
  • as a one day course
  • over 2 staff meetings or twlights or evening briefings
  • over two Saturdays
The activities during the training are varied and lively to give practitioners hands on activities to keep them engaged and interested. Experience of training a wide range of practitioners has shown this to be a highly effective way of developing practitioner understanding, confidence and skills and creating impact in a range of early years settings.

This course has been adapted in light of the changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage document (DfE, 2012

If you are interested in this course for your setting or a group or a group of settings, please contact me

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 Testimonial from a commissioner of this training

Using the Mosaic approach (Clark and Moss, 2001) Anita has undertaken consultation with children under five years old. Cameras were given to the children and supported by a familiar adult the children took photographs of their favourite toys and activities and also of things that they didn't like. Anita supported the staff on ways to elicit views from children without 'leading' them. Anita then analysed the report and made recommendations for the setting to implement, so they could ensure that the children's views were taken into consideration.

Cath Ellicott, Children's Centre Central Team manager, Worcestershire
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