Respect Day at ABC Day Nursery

Posted 18th September, 2020
all smiles at ABC

Did you know that September 18th is recognised as Respect Day? At ABC Day Nursery, it’s Respect Day every day!

Learning to be respectful at an early age is vital in development and in helping your child prepare for later in life. Here’s how we do it at ABC Day Nursery…


Teaching respect in early years

Teaching children to be respectful of themselves and those around them can seem like a challenge, but once they have learned how to demonstrate respect it will be a skill and trait they keep for life – and one that they will be admired for. 

At ABC respectful behaviour is implemented in everything that our children do and is a huge part of our ethos. We take a lot of inspiration from The Curiosity Approach when it comes to respecting people and surroundings and we’re so proud of how respectful our little ones are. 

Not only do we encourage the children at ABC to respect everyone and everything around them, that respect is reciprocated by staff members. Children see staff members being respectful towards each other, other ABC little ones and towards their surroundings which in turn demonstrates to the children how they should be behaving.


Teaching respect through The Curiosity Approach

As you probably know, we are accredited by The Curiosity Approach here at ABC Day Nursery. That means a lot of what your children do in their day-to-day at nursery teaches them respect… often without them even knowing it!

For example, we use old household items in place of plastic toys at all of our settings; this teaches the children the fragility of objects and how their actions have consequences, rather than a plastic toy being dropped countless times without being damaged. 

Many household items are reused in our settings, not just as toys. We use old household objects for pencil cups, costumes and storage. Reusing and repurposing items teaches the children that nothing is ‘useless’ and that they still deserve to be treated with respect rather than being tossed to one side. 

Of course, the children at ABC are always taught to be respectful towards one another and this is also implemented through The Curiosity Approach. There is no need for us to have characterised toys and costumes at our settings, which means our children don’t squabble over who gets to play with their favourite character; they all share beautifully and play together rather than in isolation. 


What can you do at home?

Respect is a difficult thing to teach; it is not like potty training where you can pinpoint and track progress, it is much more abstract. 

Similar to other behaviours and habits, we recommend demonstrating respectful behaviour. We’re sure respect is shown all the time at home, but you may need to make it a little more obvious so that your child can notice the behaviour and imitate it. 


Healthy habits also demonstrate and develop respect. Here are a few that you can do at home:

  • Encourage your child to help tidy up their toys with you so that they don’t get broken; not only does this teach them to stay tidy, but they are also respecting their toys, their space and their wellbeing. 
  • Bathtime and teeth-brushing are two habits that will help your child respect their cleanliness in the future – the children always seem to love bathtime so this shouldn’t be too hard! 
  • Get your children to help out around the house, for example laying the table (the children used to do this at nursery but it has been temporarily stopped due to Covid, so don’t let them fool you!). Any form of household chore that will show them how nice it is to help mummy and daddy will do the trick!


Of course, we always recommend praise, praise, praise! Show your little one how rewarding it can be and how happy it will make them feel to be respectful and be respected.

All of the children at ABC are so respectful towards one another, staff and their setting and we are so pleased with them all. We can only hope that they keep up the good work!