To be effective communicator and strengthen positive relationships we need to think about what we are going to say and how we are going to say it. Communication however, is a two way thing; it involves listening as well as speaking. How we listen to others is important, being empathic builds good relationships with children and young people making them feel
CYP Core 3.5 2.1 Why positive relationships with people involved in the care of children and young people are important. It is important for other people to have positive relationships with children because the child needs to gain trust with others too. The child will need to be able to work with teachers to enable them to achieve goals through their education; they also need to feel confident at the doctors in case they need wounds dressing, or an examination of some kind. It is important to have a positive relationship with the speech therapist because they may have a barrier with communication. This can lead to the child gaining the ability to communicate with others.
If these skills are not utilised correctly a positive relationship would be impossible to achieve. The principle of relationship building is how you communicate, the way you listen and respond. People are likely to feel comfortable in your company and communicate effectively. In a school situation this is vital for children of all ages. Children need lots of different types of communication consistently on a day to day basis to be able to learn boundaries, social skills and education, for example; Children rely on clear instructions to allow them to understand what is being asked of them, if information is not communicated correctly the child is unable to learn.
Pupil respond to set goals and expectations better if they have been set out and explained to them clearly. A teaching assistant should always be consistent about the strategies they want to employ to promote good behaviour. Shifting to one rule to another would confuse the students and may show your lack of decisiveness and would have and opposite effect on students. I would keep the rules simple and to minimum, as too many rules and complexity make it difficult for children to remember and follow them. Once rules have been set, I would be consistent to lead the effectively.
1.2 Relationship building is important when working with children and young people. The way this is done is by being a positive role model. The young person must feel comfortable when I am helping/supporting the young person with work. When working with children I have to make sure that when working with then that I use easy to understand words. Towards children I must show a caring approach and listen to them when they are asking me question and make eye contact so they know that I am listening to them.
The principle of a positive relationship with Children, young people and adults is to be comfortable with the person you are talking with and trust them. In a situation where a child/ adult feel frightened or undermined or not heard, he or she may not open up. The foundation of a good relationship is trusting, As Adults who work with children, we can help develop our relationship with them by doings things that build their trust. For example if we keep a promise we made to them, this will show the child we are trustworthy. It is important that find effective ways to communicate positively with children, young people and Adults.
506 | Promote professional Development | leadership and management. 28.11.13 | 502.1.1 | Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice | To provide a safe and productive environment for the young people I care for I need to work for a company that is always striving to be better by portraying an importance to keep learning this ensures that I don’t become complacent within my role. It is important that I keep my knowledge current to comply with the national children’s standards. This enables my skills to improve and this helps me have a better understanding and acceptance of those things that are different to me allowing me to take on board opinions, cultures and attitudes of others. Therefore ensuring I am as diverse as I can be.
At this age we need to remember to comfort the child if they become upset and be someone they can speak to if they choose too, it is important we do not shout at children as this could cause them more upset and distress. Also we should be lively and energetic and enjoy taking part in activities they enjoy and provide new challenges for them. Primary schools- During this age it is important to listen to the children however the teaching assistant must make eye contact, lower themselves to the child’s level and speak to the child in a positive way. Children will start to learn boundaries during this time so it is about enforcing them in a positive and encouraging way. Encouragement is also important during all aspects of school life such as during lessons, their work, forming friendships and finding new things because this will help the children to try new things and to progress and move forward with their development and education.
When communicating with Children we need to use Empathic listening and from this they will themselves learn to listen with their ears, eyes, heart and will learn to respect other people and their feelings. Good communicating skills are also essential for staff and pupils to ensure that they are ensuring the schools policies are being observed and
Effective Communication is important with pupils because it maintains a good relationship between the Teaching and the pupil when developing these positive relationships. Children want to be in an honest and trustworthy environment. If they don’t feel that they can trust you they will find it hard to approach you and this could affect the child’s learning. Having a positive relationship will allow the child to feel more comfortable around the T/A which will inevitably create a good learning atmosphere for everyone. Consistency and Patience will help you build this relationship.