4-7 year olds:
– When speaking to children be clear and ensure their understanding by asking them to replicate what you said, back to you.
– Be patient, you might need to explain things more than one time.
– Listen carefully; show children you are concentrating and involved.
– Use eye contact.
– Keep a friendly approach; smile, listen and usually be easy to talk to.
– Ensure you get down to their height so that you are not towering over them as this can be very intimidating for Children.
– promote children and young people to express their opinions and ask them what they think and recognize their replies.
– Give explanations to support what you are saying.
– cheer self-help and independence.
– present them responsibilities.
– initiate and encourage new vocabulary.
– discuss and look for compromises; pay attention to their reasons.
– Use humour fittingly; do not use sarcasm.
– Be sympathetic and demonstrate empathy.
– provide young people space; use the right supervision level, don’t assume they constantly want an adult listening in.
– Treat them like adults; do not demean or talk down to young people.
– Use a general interest, e.g. music, games, to connect them in conversation.
– present them with responsibility; allow them to take on normal interesting jobs, e.g. carrying out an activity and not just clearing away