Why is it Important for a practitioner to develop appropriate relationships? The early years and education of babies, children and young people, is shared amongst families, parents and carers. A good relationship with these people is vital. Especially at times of change in a child’s life (for example, settling in to a new school). Other times when this partnership is important is when a child is experiencing the loss of someone ( bereavement), feels left out or is upset or worried about something. Working together and sharing this information with the appropriate people can make these times in a child’s life a lot easier. These partnerships are generally built on trust and whilst a practitioner needs to respect confidentiality, they also need understanding that confidentiality cannot always be guaranteed) e.g. in situations including Child Protection issues). (http://www.birthtofive.org.uk/pdf/BFS%20Parents%20and%20Practitioners%20Together!%20leaflet.pdf Accessed September 27th 2012). (http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Parents/Early_Childhood/Aistear_Partnership_guidelines.pdf Accessed September 27th 2012)
A practitioner should develop and maintain appropriate relationships with parents and other professionals so that parents, colleagues and other professionals feel that they can trust and rely on the practitioner., giving them some reassurance. This is also part of a practitioner's professional skills. These skills are skills that will be required of them to develop in order to work effectively with children.
If you come across as polite to a professional or a parent, and you make them feel comfortable and welcomed, this will give them the reassurance that you are going to be a reliable and trustworthy person for the children to be around.
A benefit of having a good relationship with a parent is that they will...