P4C: Philosophy For Children

P4C is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves

Dandelion has been proudly awarded a bronze kitemark, by Sapere, demonstrating our dedicated quality approach to P4C practice throughout our setting. We are the only organisation in Norfolk/Suffolk to have been awarded this.

At Dandelion Education, we believe that ALL children should be taught how to think, and not what to think.

Our favourite question is: WHY?

Using the P4C approach, your child will be encouraged to engage in rich and meaningful dialogue with peers and trained adults who are sensitive to your child’s needs and their individual stage of development. Together, they will share varied stimuli in a small group; stimulus such as: the environment, books, images, music and objects. The individual is then given time to reflect on their own thinking before being asked open questions. It is the adult’s role to support and extend the group’s dialogue, allowing each child to apply their own learning and experiences, enabling them to discuss and understand the world, each other and themselves, in a deep and enriching manner.

P4C benefits your child by:

  • Nurturing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Encouraging the development of opinions
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, kindness, tolerance and respect
  • Encouraging the use of the imagination to explore ideas
  • Developing reasoning, questioning and analytical skills
  • Nurturing and encouraging intellectual, social and emotional skills
  • Encouraging an awareness of: the individual, others, the community, and the world

The skills that your child will develop, through our use of P4C, have life-long value and will benefit your child as they grow, progress through childhood, and move into adulthood.

‘Children are the boldest philosophers.
They enter life naked, not covered by the smallest fig leaf of dogma, absolutes, creeds.
​This is why every question they ask is so absurdly naïve and so frighteningly complex.’

Read about the benefits of the Philosophical approach in The Guardian