Reflect on the Importance of a Child Centered Approach in Early Years Settings.

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Reflect on the importance of a child centered approach in early years settings. “The Child Centered Approach promotes the right of the child to choose, make connections and communicate. It allows freedom for children to think, experience, explore, question and search for answers. It presents a creative celebration of children's work.” (1) The child centred approach in early year’s settings allows schools to be fitted to the needs of the child instead of the child to the school, focusing on the needs and interests of every child. “All practice with children needs to be centred upon the needs and interests of each child” (2) As every child is a unique having the child centered approach in early year’s settings is important because it will help children reach their full potential. It also reflects around the children’s needs, for example, if a child has a disability, having the child centred approach in place will make the child feel more welcome and will be able to do activities that he/she wants to do. Having the child centered approach in place will help children access the curriculum at their own level; children will be able to learn at their own level and ability. For example, children who have special needs or are gifted and talented will need different help/work. Gifted and talented children will find the work that they do too easy and for special needs children they will find the work hard, so having the child centered approach in place is important so every child gets the opportunity they need to reach their full potential. The child centred approach will also help build the child’s self esteem and help build up their confidence. In the late 1940’s a town in Italy called Reggio Emilia developed an approach in pre-school education. It is based on the idea of children as creative and competent learners. They believe in the importance of discovery,
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