This essay will explain the importance of not being subjective whilst working with children. According to Collins’ English Dictionary, subjective means that you are ‘relating to or emanating from a person’s emotions or prejudices’. In brief, this means that you are reliant on your own personal feelings therefore resulting to you judging that child for not displaying the behaviour that you would expect. The opposite of subjective is objective which, according to The Oxford Dictionary, means that a ‘person or the judgement should not be influence by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts’ therefore, observations should be unbiased (‘being not biased or prejudice; fair or impartial’ – The Free Dictionary Online). You should treat every child fairly and in a non-judgemental manner (‘not judging on the basis on one’s personal standards or opinions’ – Dictionary Reference Online). You should not judge the child on their previous behaviour; instead you should treat each day as a new day by only recording how you see the child behaving on that specific day by simply recording what you see as accurately as possible.
To reduce being bias within an activity, make sure that you have chosen a selection of genders and cultures whilst organising a group activity. By doing this shows that you consider those from cultural backgrounds and both genders. Gender bias is still well-known in childcare settings however, it can be reduced. To reduce gender bias you can allow the children to have a free choice of activities to participate in during free play so that they have the opportunity to express themselves freely. All childcare settings should have a variety of toys for the children to use so they are able to play with what they wish.
You also need to consider the time of day whilst carrying out your observation. This is because children reach their peak at different times during the day. If you do your observation in the morning, the child may not respond enthusiastically and be unresponsive due to them being tired therefore, it is important to not force them to take part in an activity that they are unwilling to participate in. Consequently, if you continuously observe a child at the same time every day, you are not working with the child to their full benefit. Observing a child whilst they are participating in different activities throughout the day allows you to receive the overall picture of what that child is able to do.
In Childcare it is important that you do not change your perception of a child because of other people’s views and opinions. You have to be truthful and accurate (‘free from error or defect’ – Dictionary Reference Online) at all times whilst observing children in order for you to have valid (‘having foundation; based on truth’ – The Collins Dictionary) observations. It is very important that you stick to your own perception to ensure that you are not implying a bias view.
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