What are we collecting and displaying?

Imagine someone coming into your house, and there on the fridge……… is your chart. Your special chart detailing toileting rhythms………what you’ve eaten……….

Just imagine how you, and perhaps you and your family, might feel if that was there for all to see!!

Have you ever as an individual, and as a collective in your setting, considered how you might be doing this with the children you are caring for? 

Have you ever thought about examining what data you are collecting, and asking the question why, and what are we doing this for?

The question of privacy looms large when considering what personal information is suitable for display. The balance between engagement and privacy regarding the display of personal information should be a critical consideration. The EYLF V.2 embraces the importance of respecting children’s rights to privacy and confidentiality. 

What are we collecting and displaying?

Are you currently navigating this delicate balance by exercising discretion in the materials you choose to exhibit?

Have you examined what data you are collecting and putting on display? 

Amidst an emphasis on transparency and inclusivity, a debate surrounding privacy and the display of personal information keeps arising. While routine charts may sometimes serve as invaluable tools for communication and organisation, educators must tread carefully to safeguard children’s privacy and dignity. Striking a balance between accessibility and confidentiality, and respecting children’s right to privacy while maintaining the integrity of the learning environment.

Early childhood education and care settings play a pivotal role in shaping young learners’ holistic development. Through the thoughtful integration of routine, rhythms, and rituals, educators create nurturing environments where children thrive. By upholding principles of respect and privacy, educators ensure that every child feels valued and respected, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and growth. 

Consider, great practice does not have to demand we document each time we change a nappy or what is eaten, regulations do not demand this, so it may be valuable to reflect on:

Reflective Questions

  1. What are you currently collecting and displaying? Is it necessary under regulations or operationally? Can you drop some of it?
  2. What displays do you have in your setting that may be invasion on children’s privacy? Is there a way you could move them to an app or some other method that doesn’t invade privacy?
  3. What other things do you do in your room or setting that isn’t needed? What do you think would happen if you did an audit of the documentation that you currently complete? 
  4. Remember we are educators and teachers, rather than documenters and collectors!!

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