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Unit 7- play and learning in children’s education
E1: Collate evidence which describes the role of the practitioner in meeting children’s learning needs. * The practitioner’s role is meeting needs and supporting rights of children as suggested by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. ‘UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.’ http://www.unicef.org/crc/ Please see appendix 1

* The role of the practitioner in meeting children’s learning needs is to work with their families as said by the Nursery World. Making partnership with parents and carers essential if early years practitioners are to plan effectively for a child's learning’http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/721165/working-parents-support-childrens-learning/?DCMP=ILC-SEARCH Please see appendix 2

* Another role of the practitioner in meeting children’s learning needs is to work in a team and other professionals as suggested by the Children and young people. ‘Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions to provide an integrated way of working to support children, young people and families’http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/strategy/integratedworking/a0069013/multi-agency-working Please see appendix 3

The practitioner’s role is to get training and development so they are more professional in their work as suggested by, The Family and Parenting Institute, ‘Poor communication and relationship skills on the part of practitioners have been identified as barriers to parental involvement. Training and support for practitioners is clearly an important part of tackling this barrier’.http://www.familyandparenting.org/our_work/All-Other-Subjects/Early-Home-Learning-Matters/Creating-Effective-Services/Trainingtheworkforce/Training-and-support-for-practitioners Please see appendix 4

* The role of the practitioner is to have good attitudes and values, as suggested by the EYFS, ‘The adult shows genuine interest, offers encouragement, clarifies ideas and asks open questions. This supports and extends the children's thinking and helps children to make connections in learning’.http://www.child-development-guide.com/learning-and-development.html Please see appendix 5

A1: Include a reflective account of the role of the practitioner in supporting the learning needs of children.

A role of the practitioner is to meet children’s learning needs by meeting all children’s needs and support the rights of children. The UN Convention on the rights of the child’s aim is to meet children’s basic needs and to help the child reach their potential. ‘UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.’ Please see appendix 1 For example in my placement we make sure all children’s needs are being met by using the IEP. The IEP sets goals for a child as well as any special support needed to help to achieve them and this helps the practitioners to see whether the child is meeting their potential. If I could improve on my role is would make sure I meet all children’s needs even the children who have any impairments or disabilities for example, if a child has a visual impairment I need to enlarge the writing for the child so it is easier for the child to see and they feel included. The EYFS curriculum states the different areas of learning that practitioners should promote in their setting. An area of learning could be personal, social and emotional development. ‘’For children, being special to someone and well cared-for is vital for their physical, social and emotional health and well-being.’’http://www.child-development-guide.com/learning-and-development.html The practitioners can help the child to develop these by allowing children time to explore outdoors in...
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