Unit 028 Develop Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and Others Involved in their Care Outcome 1 Be able to develop positive relationships with children and young people A/C 1- Explain why positive relationships with children and young people are important and how these are built and maintained. Positive relationships with children and young people are essential in any childcare setting. A positive relationship with a child means that they will feel welcome and a part of the environment and therefore they will settle and be content. A child will always play and learn better when they are comfortable in their surroundings. If you have a positive relationship with a child it becomes easier to communicate with them and understand their wants and needs.
LO 1.1 Why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults When communicate with anyone you should consider how you approach, speak and respond to them. To be a benefit to children, parents and colleagues all communication needs to be strong and effective. To be a role model you should model effective communication. At moments of stress or excitement always check what you are saying. Always think about the way you relate to others and the message that this gives out, misunderstanding can lead to bad feeling.
Level 5 Unit O36 Lead practice in promoting the well-being and resilience of children and young people * Explain the importance of well-being for children and young people Well-being focuses on developing as a person. It has two main elements: psychological well-being (including feeling and thinking) and physical well-being. Children’s relationships and interactions with their families & communities contribute significantly to their sense of well-being. Children need to feel valued, respected, empowered, cared for, and included. They also need to respect themselves, others and their environment.
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.
By making myself available when a young person has wanted to talk on a one to one basis, quite often this may take place when I maybe driving them to an activity, has been a successful way to help build trust and relationship with that individual. I also believe that being consistent and being aware of our own actions and displays to the young person that we are people that can help keep them safe and secure and somebody that can be trusted. It is also vital to build and maintain positive relationships with other people involved in the care of the young person as we should share a common goal, the welfare and development of the individual. We can achieve this by open and honest communication, sharing of information, and by ensuring that those involved in the care of the young person are trained to a standard that enables us to deliver that care and support to a professional
Seeing things from the child’s point of view will help towards a positive relationship in a way that they will feel respected and understood. Therefore allowing the child to feel open to talk to me telling me how they feel or what they don’t like which helps when getting them to take part in different activities, controlling any behavior problems and to create a nice atmosphere to work in and for the children to learn and strive. To build and maintain positive relationships I use different body language and expressions to suit each child in order for them to understand what I am asking of them and likewise what they expect of me, I pay close attention to how they are reacting to any situation so as I can understand the different characters of each child. To help improve their confidence and communication skills it is important that I give the children enough time to try and explain themselves, what they are asking for or when taking part in a task not to rush them or jump ahead and do it for them, taking in to account their age and ability level. Getting down to the same level as the children whether it be sitting on the floor or around the classroom table is also another way I feel works well to build a positive relationship as they feel we are both equal and shows respect towards the children rather than
As a result, a law was put into affect known as the “mandatory reporting” regulations (findlaw). Theses regulations require certain professionals like doctors, teachers and administrators to report to the police any suspicions of child abuse (findlaw). You would think with the creation of these regulations that we would have so many cases of child abuse reported yet still we have five children every die at the hands of their abusers (childhelp). And what is so alarming is that eighty percent of the children that die are under the age of four (childhelp). Although statistics state that five children die everyday from child abuse, there is evidence that more child abuse cases are ruled as natural death.
Communicating with other staff members in a professional manner will ensure effective team work and that any current situations with regards to a child will be passed on and reported. Through communication we are able to socialise, express thoughts and feelings, share ideas and information, ask questions and share experiences. Communication enables us to give and receive information and instructions. To understand and be understood, to share opinions, knowledge, feelings and to give encouragement and support which in turn can help yours and the child’s self confidence. Expressing emotions is a vital part of communication as some children may have difficulty expressing themselves and thus show their emotions through, frustration, aggression, anxiety and may seem withdrawn.
Many studies have looked at the link between maternal depression, attachment and disturbed behaviour. One study of 18 month old infants who’s mothers had suffered from post natal depression were found to be much more likely to be assessed as ‘insecurely attached’ in the ‘Strange Situation Test’ [Woodhead, M et al 2005]. The Strange Situation Test is designed to assess the child’s attachment to their caregiver. It is usually performed on infants 1 – 2 years old. The test consists of ‘a series of separations and reunions of child, caregiver and a stranger’ [Oates et al, 2005].
Love, praise and encouragement are essential elements in helping a child develop a positive self-esteem. * Be positive and affirming of the child/young person in all situations. * Believe in the child/young person and show it - let them know they are a worthwhile, lovable individual. * Give praise and positive feedback – children and young people measure their worth and achievements by what other people think of them. For example, you might say "Well done, that was hard, and you managed it".