ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE CHILD
To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” Maria Montessoi
The respect of the child of his individuality and the acceptance of every child constitute the basis of our educational work. Our aim is that the child enjoys coming to us and feels at ease.
Our educational activity is inspired by the child's individual personality. The non-formal educational processes in our houses are adapted to the individual learning of the child without pressure of performance. Emphasis is placed on strengthening a child's strengths and achieving greater equality of opportunity in a non-formal educational setting.
The learning environment at our premises is designed to stimulate the discovery and independent exploration of children. We support the autonomy of children to enable them to face daily challenges.
“Grass does not grow faster when you pull on it”.
Children are respected as individual personalities; their opinions are taken into consideration. The participatory aspect allows them to learn about democratic structures and take on more responsibilities.
“The liberty of the child should have as its limits the collective interest, as to be free does not signify that one can do what one wants, but to obey one's owns rules”. Maria Montessori
In the pedagogical work of the educators, this is reflected by an attitude of respect towards the children and by the ability to lead empathetic dialogues with the children.
A structural anchorage is found in the formation of various bodies, the involvement of various voting and decision-making processes with the children and the development of a constitution (formulation of rights) for children by the professionals.
In everyday life at the S.E.A. Päiperlék, this also means:
To listen to one another and to inform each other
To assist children in formulating their ideas and wishes
To take all opinions seriously
To find ways together to come up with new ideas
To consider that participation can only work if there is a good relationship between children, professionals, guardians and the provider.
That negotiation processes must be transparent and promoted by adults
In addition, the entire team has drafted a constitution in which the concrete rights for the children in our houses have been formulated. With the signature of all employees, they are obliged to respect these rights.
At the Päiperlék we provide children with trusted and stable relationships, as well as emotional support.