Develop Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and Others Involved in Their Care (Cyp 3.5)

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1) Be able to develop positive relationships with children and young people. 1.1) Explain why positive relationships with children and young people are important and how these are built and maintained? Having a positive relationship with children and young people are important because: • Children feel comfortable with us so they can separate easier from their parents. • Children are more likely to participate in play and activities if they secure emotionally. • Children are less likely to show unwanted behaviour. • Their language develops quickly as they feel confident talking to us. • We can plan more accurately as we understand their development needs and their interests. Here are some factors of how to build and maintain positive relationships with children and young people: • Communicating effectively- The style and way that we communicate may change according to the child’s age and their stage of development. It is not just about words but it is also about our facial expressions, body language and gestures. • Being consistent and fair- The children and young people in our care rely on us to be consistent and fair. Which means not just keeping to the behaviour boundaries in place but making sure that we don’t have significant mood swings like one day being funny and happy and the next day being sad and quiet. Children and young people know that we will be fair with everyone and that we will listen to them before jumping to conclusions. Also that their needs are taken into consideration. • Showing respect- They need our respect so children and young people can extend these skills. For example saying please and thank you and also speaking to children and young people in a calm and warm way. • Valuing and respecting individuality-Children and young people have different strengths, talents and ways of handling/responding to situations. Valuing and
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