To ensure effective teamwork and continual care of the children we must communicate well by keeping each other informed and aware of current situations going on around us. Communication involves Verbal (talking) and Non Verbal (non talking) communication. To be able to communicate effectively you need to try and consider their point of view and be very clear on what you are talking about and make sure the other person understands what you are talking about. The benefits I will have of effective communication in my work role will be my relationship with the children and their parents and the relationship with my work colleagues. With children you need to get down to their level to speak to them and make eye contact.
Meal and snack times are fulfilled with nutrion that the children enjoy and it is made to be an enjoyable time of the day for the children. Drinking water is available. It is important to inform parents about the food and snacks provided and nutritional guidelines which are followed. Parents can see what we provide and if their child has any dietary needs, we can alter the meals prepared for them. If children do not like the first choice of food given to them they will have another nutrious alternative to enjoy.
1.2 Explain child protection within the wider concept of safeguarding children and young people. 2.1 Explain the importance of safeguarding children and young people 3.1 Explain why it is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the work setting. Safeguarding use to be known as child protection, it is described as a much broader range of how practitioners working with children should act when dealing with child protection issues. By safeguarding a child or young person, we are ensuring that they have the right and opportunity to achieve their full potential. That they are protected from any physical harm, including sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and even exploitation from anyone, including professionals
Unit 301 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults Outcome 1 Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults 1.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults As teaching assistants, in order to communicate effectively, we need to be very clear in what we say. Children, young people and adults need us to communicate what is expected of them so they learn the boundaries of professional relationships and children can learn to communicate effectively themselves. Understanding boundaries is paramount. Teaching assistants need to be friendly but firm and know the limits of each to avoid disagreements with children and adults. 1.2 Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults Being a teaching assistant involves working closely with individuals and groups of children, my relationship with children must be professional.
Cool Milk - Cool Milk works in partnership with local authorities and early year’s groups to supply free and subsidised school milk to children in preschools, nurseries and primary schools. Cool Milk aims to make the provision of milk easier for schools, nurseries, local authorities and parents, while promoting the important health benefits and learning opportunities that school milk offers. Change4life - The School Food Trust supports the NHS Change4life programme by ensuring that as many children as possible are eating healthy school food. All school lunches must now meet nutrient-based standards to ensure that they provide children with the fuel they need to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Change4life also provides guidance and resources on the following: ● healthier breakfast clubs ● healthier tuck shops ● water
Safeguarding is an important part of integrated working. When professionals work together in an integrated way, they put the individual at the centre of all activities to help identify their holistic needs earlier to improve their life outcomes. It is important to see safeguarding as part of a continuum, where prevention and early intervention can help children, vulnerable adults and families get back on track and avoid problems turning into a crisis. Protection is a central part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It is the process of protecting an individual identified as either suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect.
When working in a child care setting, practitioners sometimes obtain or come across a lot of information about the children and their families. They may hear about personal and sensitive information such as divorces, affairs, illnesses, money problems and these need to be handled very carefully. Balancing children’s rights to privacy with the need to work positively with their parents and carers, can be a difficult task for staff and volunteers working in the setting. Every setting should therefore have policies and procedures about information sharing and staff should be made aware of them. These should include policies relating to multi-agency working, managing transition from one setting to another as well as ensuring continuity of care
I will also discuss what life story work is and how life story work can be beneficial in developing a child’s understanding a sense of self. The importance life experiences have on a child’s attachments and what is meant by attachments and how they form and vary. The importance of the care workers role in all of these points will also be discussed and how they can support children to develop a sense of self. It’s important to understand what is meant by identity. Identity can be seen superficially as a name or a date of birth of an individual, a sense of formally providing evidence of who you are.
CYP Core 3.2: Promote Child and Young person development 4.1 As a child care practitioner, the care and education that I extend to children, can make a difference to their overall development. In short how working practices are delivered in my setting can affect children development. As a reflective practitioner, I am able to effectively plan and work with children, always remembering that the child comes first and my work practice needs to be child centred. * I need to ensure that there is a proper balance of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities. * I need to ensure that that the balance of activities cover each of the aspects of learning in the curriculum but also building on each of the development areas.
Unit 511- Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people’s settings: Understand the purpose of professional supervision in health and social care or children and young people’s work settings: 1.1) Analyse the principles, scope and purpose of professional supervision: Supervision is a platform for professionally experienced staff to support staff with their learning and enable them to develop their knowledge, skills and their ability to ensure they are able to meet all the service user’s needs. This also ensures that they are aware of policies and procedures and enables them to carry out their role safely and protect themselves and services user’s from harm. Supervision is an opportunity for the supervisor to aid the supervisee, and to advise of practices of working in which they carry out their role in an effective way. A definition by the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) 1996 Said “Supervision aims to identify solutions to problems, improve practice and increase understanding of professional issues” I can relate to this, as when supervising or carrying out supervision, I have been able to identify areas in which there is maybe a lack of understanding. This may be incorrect use of equipment; this can be rectified at the time by showing them the correct use.