Importance Of Nonverbal Communication

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In this essay, it will be discussed how non-verbal communication can affect how we value diversity. It will be explored through gestures, dance, assertiveness and linking verbal and nonverbal communication, to empower the wider network of cultures and origins of the children and adults associated with the Early Childcare setting.

“Valuing diversity is what institutions and members of communities do to acknowledge the benefits of their differences and similarities. They work to build sustainable relationships among people and institutions with diverse memberships.” (LeFlore 2004). In an Early Childcare setting us as practitioners must value diversity and leave our own perceptions and stereotypes outside of the workplace. As humans we categorise everything to help us understand the world (Harvey 2006). Humans are much too complicated to label, each person is unique and this has to be put across in practice to reduce the discrimination towards other cultures and origins.

Non- verbal communication is communication without spoken language. This includes a variety of things such as appearance, facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, orientation, posture, territory and the environment around us. Often some non-verbal cues have different meanings depending on different cultures (Harvey 2006). In the work place us as practitioners must identify and be conscious of the non-verbal communication we use as it can isolate members of staff and clients. This in turn does not show how
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