1.2 Actively listen to children and young people and value what they say, experience and feel.
Children often seek attention and want interest from the adult that they are talking to. Active listening is a way of doing this. It lets the child feel as if they are cared for and this lets them express their emotions when they know someone is actively listening. When listening actively, the child needs to have your full attention. You stop doing whatever you are doing at the time, look at the child and make sure that you are at the same height as them. This makes them feel equal to you and does not intimidate them. You need to let the child know that you understand. When actively listening when the children are young, it makes sure that they know they have a teacher that they can trust. If actively listening is carried out, it allows for the child to be more open towards sharing their feelings.
1.3 Check that children and young people understand what is communicated
To make sure that the child understands what you are saying, you can ask them a series of questions to see if they were listening and understand what you are saying. If they get all of these questions right, they understand what is being said. If they get only a few questions or none of them right, you need to go over what you said again and do this again. This is a way to check that the children understand what is being said. Another way to check that they understand is to let them nod or shake their head or to ask them if they understand and let them say yes or no. This allows you to check that the children understand what is being said and lets you know if you need to go over the topic again.