To live up to the requirements in chapter 2.3 in Lpfö98 (barns delaktighet och inflytande) we would like to improve our way of working with democracy and children’s influence during their day in preschool.
- Involving them in establishing new rules in the classroom
- think from the child’s perspective when they are not in line with teachers expectations (ask why they are doing it to understand their perspective)
- build on their interest and needs when planning activities and when having free play
- involve children in planning the day (what shall we do for circle time, what shall we do for rest time if you don’t want to sleep)
Swedish Curriculum for the Preschool (Skolverket, 2018, page 17)
The preschool should provide each child with the conditions to develop
• an interest in and an ability to express thoughts and opinions so that they can influence their situation,
• an ability to assume responsibility for her or his own actions and for the environment in the preschool, and
• an understanding of democratic principles and the ability to cooperate and make decisions in accordance with them.
Preschool teachers are responsible for every child
• having a real influence over work methods and content.
The work team should
• promote the ability of children to participate and exert influence over their education,
• respect the right of each child to express her or his opinions with different forms of expression, and to ensure that children’s perceptions and opinions are taken into account and expressed in education,
• promote the ability of children to assume responsibility for themselves and for coexistence in the group of children,
• make sure that all children have equal influence over and scope for participating in education regardless of gender, and
• prepare children for participation and responsibility, and for the rights and obligations that apply in a democratic society.