Respecting the Children in Our Care

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I show respect when :

  • I listen to what a child has to say.
  • I take time for a child when I am very busy.
  • I play with the children.
  • I recognize the children’s accomplishments.
  • I allow the children to settle disputes between themselves.
  • I listen to a special song with the children.
  • I show interest in a child’s project.
  • I make eye contact with each child.
  • I encourage the children to express different viewpoints.
  • I allow the children to make choices.
  • I let the children have privacy.
  • I consider each child a unique individual.
  • I call the children by their names.
  • I encourage independence.
  • I respond to the children’s questions.
  • I do not interrupt a child who is talking.
  • I respect a child’s choice of friends and play equipment.

Respecting the children in our care means I allow children to make mistakes.

  • I allow the children to make mistakes.
  • I am flexible.
  • I let the children disagree.
  • I care for the children’s property.
  • I allow transition time.
  • I listen to a child’s problem and realize how upsetting the situation can be for him/her.
  • I talk to the children as people.
  • I give each child a chance to communicate.
  • I ask a child for his/her solution to a problem.
  • I value the children’s opinions.
  • I remember that play is of great importance in each child’s life.

I am disrespectful when :

  • I do not take a child’s opinion seriously.
  • I avoid dealing with an issue that a child feels needs immediate attention.
  • I walk away from a child while he/she is crying.
  • I do not stop to listen. I respond with “uh-huh.” I use a “baby-talk” tone of voice with younger children.
  • I use angry words when I am under stress.
  • I cut a child’s conversation short.
  • I finish tasks for the children in order to hasten time.
  • I forget to follow through on something that I promised.
  • I answer questions for the children. I behave impatiently.
  • I respond to a child sarcastically.
  • I shout.
  • I force a child into a situation in which he/she is uncomfortable.
  • I set my expectations too high.
  • I rush the children. I call the children names (e.g. stupid).
  • I become frustrated because the children’s needs interfere with my daily schedule.
  • I focus on children’s bad behaviours.
  • I belittle the children’s feelings.
  • I sneak up on a child who is doing something wrong.
  • I ignore the children.
  • I stop a child who is really interested in completing a project.
  • I don’t allow a child to explain why or how a friend got hurt, or how an accident occurred.

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