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Developing positive relations with children

Early Years Foundation Stage

1. Developing Positive Relations With Children

Logged-in users can download below an extract from 'All about...Developing Positive Relations With Children' by Julian Grenier, head of Kate Greenaway Nursery School, Islington, London:

...To be able to develop good relationships with young children, practitioners must have the sensitivity, openness and capacity to enjoy their company and manage their demands. But there is much more to it than this. What we now call the keyperson approach was first described as 'care assignment' in a report by the Tavistock Centre...

This document supports practitioners in their understanding of the key person's role and the pedagogy that underpins good practice.

2. Sustained shared thinking?

One of the most significant things that we do as early years practitioners is to engage in conversations with children, based on our relationships with them.

Such conversations are the bedrock for the development of communication and language in young children.

So what is sustained shared thinking?

It is:

'An episode in which two or more individuals "work together" in an intellectual way to solve a problem, clarify a concept, evaluate activities, extend a narrative etc. Both parties must contribute to the thinking and it must develop and extend'. The Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY) (Siraj-Blatchford et al, 2002a)

Logged-in users can download below a guide to supporting children's sustained shared thinking.


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Tuesday, 7 February, 2017
Last updated: 7 February 2017 by Barry Fong