The Kind Intentions Program: educator insights

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The Kind Intentions Program (KIP) was developed in a childcare facility in an effort to encourage children to engage in kind acts. In addition to support for displays of kindness, the programme encourages children to engage in perspective taking skills as they observe the actions of those around them. This study involved the identification of the relevance and applicability of KIP for early childhood educators. Seventeen educators of young children currently working in childcare facilities reviewed the initial programme design, completed a questionnaire and participated in a telephone interview as a means for conveying their thoughts on this new programme. The results of this study indicate that KIP was positively accepted by the educators of young children who participated. These educators identified that the programme would be beneficial for the children, staff and families of their individual facilities.

Keywords: curriculum; kindness; prosocial; young children

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430701768961

Affiliations: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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