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In the remainder of the course, our activities focus on undertaking an inquiry into social and emotional learning in your setting. This means evaluating your current practice, as well as children’s abilities and skills in relation to social and emotional competence, and using the data you collect to plan how you might modify practice and improve children’s social and emotional learning outcomes.
There are many ways to inquire into practice, and often a good way is to make use of tools that already exist for assessing practice.
For this part, we focus on inquiring into the social and emotional climate in your setting, and we use an existing and easily accessible tool published online in He māpuna te tamaiti | Te Whāriki Online .
Relate learning to practice
What policies and procedures does your setting have in relation to providing consistent routines and expectations for children’s social behaviour and emotional wellbeing? Is this a priority for your setting or something you might need to implement?
Further reading and resources
Watch a webinar with Dr Karyn Aspden and Dr Linda Clarke on supporting the social and emotional competence of infants and toddlers. This webinar delves into topics such as building strong relationships and attachment, which is a key part of creating a positive social and emotional climate. The webinar also touches on topics that are the focus on subsequent parts of this course, including supporting emotional regulation and building social skills. Please note that you will need a webinar subscription with The Education Hub to watch the webinar, or you can read a short summary of it here.
Read this report on the ways that one kindergarten investigated and improved their social and emotional climate and children’s social and emotional learning through the introduction of key practices, including mindfulness, mantras, and breathing techniques.
Develop your understanding of the principles of culturally responsive teaching practices, to support you to consider children’s cultural identities in developing positive social and emotional environments.
Take a look at our guide on relational pedagogies to consider how you might improve the relationships you build with children in your setting.