Unit 8- Caring for Children
One method in which contributes to the role of practitioner in caring for a child is training and development. One training course in which the practitioner could enrol on is a Food hygiene course. Contributing in a food hygiene course will give the practitioner knowledge and experience in the correct methods and procedures to the correct preparation in providing healthy meals and snacks for children. An example of what could be learnt from a food hygiene course is the different types of foods and which type of food has to be prepared on different coloured boards. For example fruit and vegetables are to be prepared on a green board and fish is to be prepared on a blue board. Another suitable training course in which the practitioner could enrol in a first aid course, a first aid course would give the practitioner knowledge and understanding of basic first aid skills which may be needed to use in practice. For example if your setting was based around a Forest school approach, children are encouraged to take suitable risks and challenge; therefore children may have accidents such as a grazed knee. From contributing in the first aid course the practitioner will have knowledge of the correct and safest procedure to take when cleaning the wound. Another role of the practitioner is to meet the individual needs of the children. One need in which the child will have is their individual routines. Each child is different and unique and therefore will have their own routine. For example a child aged 12 months may have two sleeps throughout the day and one 6 ounce bottle of cow’s milk in the afternoon after a snack. However another child aged 12 months may only have one longer sleep throughout the day and only eat solid foods. Each child is different and the practitioner should have full knowledge and understanding of their key worker children routines and development. Also the child may have a specific need, for example a child with a physical disability, the child is a wheel chair user who has two 30 minutes of one to one specialist care to further the physical development of the child. It is important for the practitioner to ensure the child has two 30 minute sessions in order to meet the needs of the child. This reflects the attitude of the practitioner. It is important for the practitioner to be friendly and positive at all times when caring for children. This ensures the practitioner is approachable to children and their families. It is especially important for practitioners to be friendly and approachable when the child is younger because this is when the child is sensitive about strangers. Babies especially will commonly take to a certain practitioner; this is because they either relate to a familiar family member or they feel comfortable and safe around their presence. By doing this in practice this will ensure the practitioner is being welcoming to parents and other professionals. By having positive attitudes with children and their families, this will promote effective parent partnership. It is important for practitioners to have effective parent partnership in order to meet the individual care and learning needs of the child. It is important for practitioners to build relationship with parents around the relationship with the child. This is because parents are one of children’s important role models and children will look upon the reaction and bond between the practitioner and parent. The child will observe their parents behaviour in order to decide if they should be fearful or a feeling of security. This is important for the child’s early social development. E2
The practitioner has an important role in meeting the care needs of all individual children. One way the practitioner meets the care needs of children in a day nursery. Children are being cared for by society in a private setting. Meeting children’s physical care needs such as nappy changing, diets and sleep routines. See...
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