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Showing understanding by facial expression and gestures

THE IMPORTANCE OF FEELING UNDERSTOOD

The educator's facial expression gives enormous feedback during the daily routine (i.e. encouragement can be shown with smiles). 

In the process of settling in, this means in particular that the educator gets involved with the child and tries to send repeated signals. These signals should be simple and effective. It might be useful to discuss with the parents and child to design and practice a ritual for the goodbyes.    

Congruence can be achieved by allowing the educator to fully engage with the child. This requires a high educator-child ratio, good organization of the daily routine between the team of educators within the group and ideally the settling in a time when the children are the most engaged. That way the educator can fully embrace a new child while ensuring that the rest of the group does not miss out on this process.