Author: Aaron Bradbury
Early Years Reviews Mini Booklet Series Early Years Guide to the Voice of the Child
This introduction to the voice of the child has been written with the practitioner in mind. Aaron Bradbury is an Early Childhood Academic who prides himself on advocating for child-centred values in Early Childhood Education and Care.
The booklet consists of three blocks:
- The foundations of listening to the child
- How we respond to children
- Effective listening, communicating and changing
Within each of these sections, there will be reflective opportunities, activities and ways to make what is written applicable within your practice. This mini-booklet will have many outcomes of being able to listen to the voice of the child including the theory, the history, child’s participation and the complexities of children within your care. The overarching aspect of this booklet is about reflecting on our practice, but much more than that. It is about how we listen, how we communicate and how we can make necessary changes to support a more inclusive, child-centred approach where the child has an equal voice within your practice.
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About the Author
Aaron is a Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood at Nottingham Trent University with a specialism in Early Help, Child Development and Child Protection. Aaron has been working in the Early Years / Childhood sector since leaving formal education. Since graduating he has been heavily involved in the Early Years and has worked in this sector for the majority of his career; he has also taught Early Years and Care in Further Education. He considers himself fortunate to work for Sure Start and Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities where he led a large team. He has also been a Children’s Commissioner for Public Health and Social Care.
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