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What do children really think – and how do you get them to tell you? (21 Nov 06)

Research amongst children is hugely enlightening and rewarding – but you may have to adapt your techniques to succeed

Children are directly or indirectly at the heart of many public sector initiatives.

When you work with children, you know their views are not always what adults imagine they are. The things that matter to and affect them can be quite different.

That’s unfortunate because frequently they are not asked and decisions are made around them, not wit…

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Comment by anne Sure Start — 21 Aug 09 at 11:48:00

we struggle to find out the views of younger children; many of the children attending our creches, for example, are aged under 2.
With most of our resources the children can help themselves, as storage is low and resources are stored in clear sided containers. Wwe observe the children to see which resources/ activities they seem to like to use, then build on this. (schema)
but i still feel there are gaps. With older children we could use other techniques such as disposable cameras, but this isn't really possible with our toddlers.
any ideas?

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