Interactions with children.

The licensee and program staff must:
(1) Actively seek out meaningful conversations with children and talk about events of importance to the child;
(2) Be available and responsive to children and interact on the child's level, encouraging them to ask questions, share experiences, ideas and feelings;
(3) Encourage children to evaluate a problem and form a resolution rather than impose an adult solution; help children to develop mediation and negotiation skills to solve problems;
(4) Foster creativity and independence;
(5) Build on children's strengths while allowing for mistakes;
(6) Treat equally all children in care regardless of race, religion, culture, sex, family structure and ability;
(7) Demonstrate positive interactions with children and other adults when children are present;
(8) Be in frequent verbal communication with children in a positive, reinforcing, cheerful and soothing way;
(9) Treat each child with consideration and respect;
(10) Appropriately touch and smile at children;
(11) Speak to the children at their eye level when possible and appropriate;
(12) Respond to and investigate cries or other signs of distress immediately;
(13) Perform age or developmentally appropriate nurturing activities that:
(a) Take into consideration the parent's own nurturing practices;
(b) Promote each child's learning self-help and social skills; and
(c) Stimulate the child's development; and
(14) Provide each child opportunities for vocal expression; adult voices must not always dominate the overall sound of the group.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 12-23-057, ยง 170-297-6000, filed 11/19/12, effective 12/20/12.]
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