Feeling like they belong

When children feel a sense of belonging, they develop confidence and self-identity.

A child learns and develops a sense of identity through their relationships and experiences at home, family interactions and their environment. As they play, learn and try new things, they will develop an understanding of their own identity.

It is important for children to develop an understanding of themselves as significant and respected in order to develop pride and strength in their own personal and cultural identity, as well as respect for others.

Quality early childhood education and care services create a sense of belonging for all children, through an inclusive and respectful environment. Having members of the local community become involved in the service allows strong connections to be made.

There are a range of services in Queensland, including kindergarten, out of hours school care, long day care, family day care or child and family centres, which can provide educational programs and care for children from birth to school age.

Services work to incorporate aspects of local culture in the facility design or through the use of music, art or cooking activities. Each service is different, so it’s a good idea to talk to your local service about how they support cultural identity.

Developing a sense of belonging from a young age allows children to feel confident in exploring new ideas, engaging in learning and being self-expressive. Together we can set them up to be strong leaders in the future.

Video originally sourced from the DET Foundations For Success website, providing additional guidance to the Early Years Learning Framework for the delivery quality early learning programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Image Children who feel a sense of belonging develop confidence and self identity

Published — 28 August 2016 Last updated — 22 December 2016