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How should staff interact with children?

To facilitate interactions between the staff and children that are nurturing, respectful, supportive and responsive, you must:
(1) Ensure staff interact with children using positive communication (for example, giving children options of what to do rather than being told what not to do);
(2) Support the child's development in understanding themselves and others by assisting the child to share ideas, experiences, and feelings;
(3) Provide age-appropriate opportunities for the child to grow and develop intellectually. Examples include:
(a) Reading readiness skills;
(b) Language skills development;
(c) Encouraging the child to ask questions;
(d) Counting;
(e) Matching objects;
(f) Differentiating between large and small; and
(g) Sorting.
(4) Help each child solve problems with intervention as necessary;
(5) Encourage children to be creative in their projects;
(6) Allow independence in selecting routine activities and projects;
(7) Show tolerance for mistakes;
(8) Encourage children to try new activities; and
(9) Honor all children's race, religion, culture, gender, physical ability and family structure.
[WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-2030, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-2030, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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