Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become.
What Belonging at InspiraKids might look like:
Respectful group mat time, the start of new relationships and warm welcoming cuddles.
Children expressing their individuality, the acceptance of diversity, family participation and engagement and children’s needs being met.
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”
― Brené Brown
Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world. Being recognises the significance of the here and now in children’s lives. It is about the present and them knowing themselves, building and maintaining relationships with others, engaging with life’s joys and complexities, and meeting challenges in everyday life. The early childhood years are not solely preparation for the future but also about the present.
What Being at InspiraKids might look like:
Pride from putting your own shoes on, accomplishment of tasting new food and expressing your own feelings.
All individual children having equal learning opportunities, respectful relationships between educators and families, children having the ability to express themselves and children’s skills and achievements and skills recognised.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Children’s identities, knowledge, understandings, capacities, skills and relationships change during childhood. They are shaped by many different events and circumstances. Becoming reflects this process of rapid and significant change that occurs in the early years as young children learn and grow. It emphasises learning to participate fully and actively in society.
What Becoming at InspiraKids might look like:
The heartfelt discussion of what you want to be when you grow up, establishing your likes or dislikes and the ability to maintain friendships.
Children aspiring others around them, Children having the ability to reflect on their own individual growth, school readiness being implemented and children being able to develop and maintain relationships.
“First find out what you are capable of, then decide who you are.”