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Hi, I'm trying to devise some questions/resources to use with children to seek their views on their time with me and moving on to next setting. I think I remember seeing some quidance on child conferencing either on the ofsted website or the EYS but cant't find it - does anybody know what i mean or have anything they use in their own settings they could share

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We used Ofsted's questions for children at a consultation day we held, we collected parents views using a questionairre and cut the ofsted questions into 2 or 4 together as we felt all of them would be too much. The parents asked the children the questions.

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We used Ofsted's questions for children at a consultation day we held, we collected parents views using a questionairre and cut the ofsted questions into 2 or 4 together as we felt all of them would be too much. The parents asked the children the questions.

thats what i was looking for - good idea to put them on a parent questionnaire

thanks

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A useful book is 'Listening to Children in their Early Years' produced by Sure Start Stockton- on- Tees in 2007. Another one is the Mosaic Approach but I can't seem to lay my hands on it at the moment.

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A useful book is 'Listening to Children in their Early Years' produced by Sure Start Stockton- on- Tees in 2007. Another one is the Mosaic Approach but I can't seem to lay my hands on it at the moment.

 

Great, thankyou, will look out for those

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Back again to discuss the 'wish catcher'. Well, last week I attended a seminar and the speaker was an EY specialist from Belfast. The speaker spoke about how they had established children's views on a variety of topics for the children's commissioner in Ireland. The 'wish catcher' (originally developed by Penny Lancaster, I think) is a brightly coloured long piece of material. Resources to support the use of the wish catcher are a variety of post it notes, pegs and feathers. The practitioner asks a question and the children use the feathers to pretend to write their answers on post it notes, the practitioner records the children's exact words. The children then peg their wish on to the wish catcher.

 

At the end of the seminar we were given the opportunity to ask questions, a practitioner asked if the wish catcher could be used for transition. The seminar speaker said that the wish catcher had been used to establish what children wish they could do, see, have in Year 1. I haven't used the wish catcher (yet!) but feel that it could be a good way of establishing children's views in a fun way. For those children that are able to write, a writing tool could be added to the end of the feather. The seminar speaker stressed that it is important to explain to children that it is not always possible to make wishes come true. I hope this is useful for you dcn, I know it doesn't refer to establishing children's views on their time with you. Hopefully it will give you an idea on how you can establish children's views on what they want in Year 1.

 

Good luck with it and let us know how it goes. I'm very interested in good ways of establishing children's views in developmentally appropriate ways.

 

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That sounds fantastic Sienna, thankyou.

I think that will work really well - I have children transitioning to reception class and school nursery (i'm a childminder).

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