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ISLINGTON CONSULTS BABIES ON POLICY

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Three-month-old babies are among children being consulted by Islington LBC as part of the authority's pro-listening...
Three-month-old babies are among children being consulted by Islington LBC as part of the authority's pro-listening policy, reports The Highbury and Islington Express (p1).

Under-fives at 12 play centres have been asked their views on their food, toys and environment. Two groups have also sought the views of babies who have not yet learned to talk. Most of these are aound 12 months, but some are as young as three months.

Penny Kenway, Islington's early years training manager, said: 'Often people don't ask the children what they want and babies get a lot done to them compared to older kids - they are always getting their noses wiped and bottles stuck in their mouths.

'Even when they are pre-verbal they can make decisions about what they want to eat or what they want to play with and this is something we want to develop.'

She dismissed suggestions that the exercise was taking children's right too far. 'There's no age at which you can't consult with children. We need a change of philosophy which gives kids rights. When they feel respected they are more likely to be responsive and work towards the good of others.'
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