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Child centric approach

Here at Barley Lane Montessori Preschool and Afterschool centre we are committed to a child-centric approach, in which we follow the child, their needs and interests and respond to their needs immediately.

Child-centred approach means recognising and making sure that the child is put first before anyone else. Every single person who works with children, whether it’s an early years practitioner, a nursery nurse, teacher, play worker etc, has a huge responsibility to look after the child and make sure that each child they come into contact with is safe. A child centred approach is basically where every child can communicate and connect with people who look after them and works with them. They should offer them choices without interfering. A child centred approach is also beneficial for them to learn the correct skills they need to have/know. 

As the approach is based around the child, it meets their individual needs and it doesn’t just benefit one child; it benefits all children because they are all different and will respond differently to certain approaches. By using the right approach for that specific child can increase their chance of learning and may also enhance their self-esteem which can be helpful in later life. Children want to be respected, they want their views to be heard, they desire to have stable relationships with adults – parents/carers and professionals alike which are built on trust. Children look for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This need guides the behaviour of professionals. They seek to speak and listen to what the child says and take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs. 

In our setting, children learn on their own by picking different and certain activities that interest them and not what the teacher has picked for them. This creates a sense of individuality and helps the child think for themselves. The activities can be anything such as sand play, construction, painting etc. The benefit of them playing on their own is that they work independently and may also discover their potential. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) says that every child’s individual needs and capabilities should be at the centre of planning and decision-making in all early years’ settings. The child centred approach means that each child’s unique needs and abilities inform the activities and support what’s on offer to young children from birth to five and their families. The term ‘young children’ here refers to birth to five year olds.