Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

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Unit 301
Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Outcome 1
Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults. 1.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults A central part of a teaching assistant role is to help children develop positive relationship with children and adults. Children will not only learn cognitive skills while at school, they need to learn how to work and play together, understanding each other’s boundaries, turn taking, different backgrounds and cultures. In order to ensure children form positive relationships it is important for all teaching staff and volunteers that have contact with the children/young people that we act as good role models. By witnessing their peers interacting with other members of staff in a positive way will help influence them on how to treat their friends/peers/adults etc. Having a good relationship between adults; * Promotes good communication

* Leads to a productive working environment
* Gives the right message to children
* Encourages co-operation
Just like adults children need to feel valued and respected by others around them and, this will form a good basis for their learning, therefore I need to demonstrate good relationships in my interactions with all children and adults in order for me to be an effective role model. As teaching assistants we have contact with a range of teachers and outside professional as well as parents. Demonstrating that I know and understand the boundaries of the information that can be passed on and the importance of observing school policies around confidentiality. By having a good working relationship with all the people I work with creates a happy and welcoming atmosphere which forms a positive environment for the pupils. “When communicating with children we need to be clear and unambiguous in what we say. They need us to communicate what is expected of them so that they can learn to communicate themselves” The Teaching Assistants Handbook –Louise Burnham For children to be able to communicate effectively, they should be encouraged to ask questions and put their ideas forward. This can be achieved if within the school environment the children feel relaxed and confident even if their contribution is outside the task objective. Enabling a two way dialogue to happen will encourage the children to put forward their own suggestions and ideas and become more independent and less reliant on all the input from the teacher. A school day can is busy going from one task to another, to and from different classes, therefore finding the time to listen to pupils can be challenging. However listening to what they have to say is important as it reinforces self-esteem, values what they are saying and is a crucial part of building relationships. Not only can the conversation help answer their questions, help solve problems but it is part of building on the language skills and a vital part to the child’s learning. During their time at school, pupils will learn to do this in different ways such as; * Working in groups or pairs

* Listening to one another as a class
* Acknowledge each other’s ideas
* Think of others and respect their ideas
1.2 Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults As a teaching assistant I need to show pupils that I value their contributions when they are speaking in a number of different ways. Children learn to communicate through the responses of others. To avoid giving pupils the message that you do not value their ideas and feeling, I need to follow the following principles; * Find opportunity to speak – make sure that pupils are given adequate opportunity to talk. Some children have very little chance to put their own ideas forward and express themselves with adults “They might lack confidence and need...
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