Developing Positive Relationships with Childrena and Young People

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Unit 5 Develop Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and others involved in Their Care 5.1.1 Explain why positive relationships with children and young people are important and how these are built and maintained Positive relationships with the children and young people with whom we work is important because relationships between carers and children can have a profound effect on the child and greatly enhance a childs learning and development whereas a negative relationship would likely have the opposite effect on the child. Positive relationships with children help to create a comfortable, safe, secure and hopefully happy environment for a child thus enabling the child to separate more easily from parents, behave better in the setting, develop appropriately and learn through active participation in play activities as they are likely to feel emotionally secure with the adults around them. The positive relationship also gives the care workers a better understanding of the child and aids planning and development of the child for the professional. Building and maintaining effective relationships is something people learn to do naturally and it involves effective communication with the child which is differs depending on the age of a child so for example a baby recognises communication in a tangible sense, holding, cuddling, stroking the baby’s cheek, from this the baby knows you are there and are caring for them. A teenager would need a different approach, for example simply chatting to them about their likes and dislikes, this shows them that you are interested in them as an individual. There are many other building blocks to developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people:- Being consistent and fair – children will learn to trust you if you are consistent and fair, ensuring that ones own behaviour is fairly
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