Physical Contact and Touch

When isn’t physical contact with children part of an early childhood teacher’s job?

Children need to be cared for by adults – not robots. We know children  benefit from positive and nurturing touch.  So, it’s essential that adults are at all times responsive to children’s emotional needs. There is no place for no-touch policies and practices in our early childhood services.

However, physical contact must be appropriate. Restraint to punish or confine a child is not appropriate.

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