In order to build a respectful professional relationship with children and young people you are working with you will need to be able to adapt your behaviour, you also need to be able to communicate accordingly to every child. It is important that you can demonstrate effective communication skills and show that you are approachable to each individual child or young person you are working with. You need to take into consideration that each child pr young person is different and can be at different development stages. Every child should feel secure and valued no matter of there culture, abilities, sex or race and your interactions with the child or young person should demonstrate this at all times. It is very important that you develop a good trusted working relationship with each child or young person from the start. By demonstrating positive communication and being involved with the pupils are showing them that you are and can be there for them if ever needed. Your body language is also a very important way of demonstrating to any child or young person that you are interested in them and that you value them. Listening and responding is one of the most important ways of developing a respectful and professional relationship with any child or young person, however there are a number of different ways in which you could communicate with a child or young person here are a few. • Reading and writing
• Sign language
• Tele graph
• Morse code
When working with any child or young people it is very important that you behave appropriately depending on every child’s individual stage of development and when communicating with any child or young person young person you should always take this into account. Every child you work with is different and will have different needs and require different levels of attention and support, according to their individual stage of development.
Key Stage 1
Year 1 and Year 2
The pupils in this age group are still very young and are still developing their communication and language skills. When you are speaking to them you should ensure that you get down to their level so you aren’t towering over them as this could make a child feel very uncomfortable. It is also important that you use language that they can understand so the child doesn’t become confused. At this age you may still have to remind them about the importance of listening to others and taking turn to speak during conversations. When speaking to a child of this age you should speak very clear and check their understanding of what you are saying, you could do this by asking them to repeat what you have said to them. It is important that you understand that children of this age can tire quickly and finds it extremely hard to concentrate for long periods of time.
You are working in a year 1 class and during a classroom activity you have noticed that James isn’t doing what he has been asked to do. When you go over to speak to James who is drawing on the other side of the classroom you bend down so you have eye contact with James you speak slowly and clearly while explaining to him that he is not doing what he has been asked to do and that he needs to join the rest of he’s class mates to do the activity set by the teacher. After you have finished speaking to James you ensure James has understood what you have asked him to do by asking him to repeat back to you what you have said. By doing this you ensure James understands what you have asked him to do.
Key stage 2
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6
Children of this age group would have started to mature and their communication will have developed too. They will be able to have a more mature conversation, they will now be more interested in the input from others in their conversations and may allow others to talk first during their conversations, however you may still have to remind some children about waiting their turn...