1.1 It is important that adults help a child to feel valued. Valued means loved, wanted and appreciated. Valuing children means you have to respect them for the person they are and treat each child as an individual.
Gaining trust is important, to gain this you have to take an interest and show you listen and care about what they have to say. Giving a child a little independance is a way of building self confidence and a way for them to see that’s it is ok if they sometimes make mistakes, by doing this they can see that every decision has an outcome whether it be bad or good and that there may be reprocussions/ consequences for their decisions.
Looking at children as they talk is a way of valuing them. It shows that you are interested in what they are trying to say.
The way we speak can show children whether we like them or not. Bored tones do not make children feel valued.
Building self confidence in children is one of the most important life skills you can give them, self awareness begins at a very early age and the earlier you can help them believe that they are important and special the better.
Although there are many different ways you can make a child feel valued, very few of them requires a lot of effort from the adult.
Playing with young children is another way of valuing them, It is important to let the child decide what and how they want to play. If adults plan activities for a child it shows that an adult has thought about them. It might mean putting out a favourite toy, going out to the garden to look for bugs if that is what there are interested in.
Praise the child when a job or task is done well, rather than just saying "good job" try identifying specific details such as " you worked really hard at colouring that picture" this helps a child see that you are paying close attention to exactly what they have done correctly.
1.2 While it is important to care about every child it is important to respect each one individually.