‘Children use their communication skills particularly as listeners and speakers to engage in relationships with others. Play in all its dimensions provides children with opportunities for communication. This is important to the development of self identity including sense of personal empowerment, a sense of purpose, being, a positive outlook, becoming, and community responsibility, Belonging’

Educators who are attuned to children’s thoughts and feelings support the development of a strong sense of well-being and social competencies. Exhibiting qualities of fairness, humour, sympathy and understanding builds respectful and trusting relationships with children, families, colleagues and other professionals.

Educators foster independence and initiative thereby nurturing children’s agency and leadership skills.