1. Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people.
It is important firstly to take into consideration the different needs and levels of development of the children or young people you are building relationships with and reflect this in the way you communicate. With foundation children, for example you could communicate in a much simpler way to make sure they understand. It is also important to relate to children in a way, which makes them feel respected and valued whilst encouraging them to respect others. It is also important to lay down the ground rules so that everyone knows what is expected of them and that they are being treated fairly but to remain positive and approachable at all times.
1.2 Describe with examples how to behave appropriately for a child or young person’s stage of development.
For younger children you should always try to get down to their level when speaking to them and to speak clearly, making sure they understand what you are saying. You must also remember that younger children can sometimes lose concentration quite quickly or become tired. You should always be approachable and friendly but remind them about certain classroom rules such as taking turns to speak. As children get slightly older they may still sometimes need reminding about how to communicate in a respectful way but remember that they are likely to be becoming more sophisticated in the way they communicate, they may need time to speak in smaller groups if they lack confidence.
1.3 Describe how to deal with disagreements between children and young people.
It is important that everyone involved in the dispute has the chance to be heard so that the children or young people feel they are being treated fairly. Once all sides of the disagreement have been heard an assessment needs to be made to see if anyone was in the wrong and should apologise, or if the matter should be passed to another member of staff. Children should also be encouraged to think about their behaviour and see if their feelings about something have affected it. Sometimes a discussion group between children can help them to discuss their feelings openly. Strategies such as the Restorative Justice programme can also work well in resolving behaviour issues.
1.4 Describe how own behaviour could:
(a) Promote effective interactions with children and young people.
It is important to remember that children and young people will see you as an example and will see how you deal with the people around you. If you can
communicate in a positive and effective manner this will encourage children to respond in a similar way. If children are asked to behave in a way, which the adults are not conforming to, they will feel confused about the boundaries and will be less able to make a decision about what is acceptable and what isn’t.
(b) Impact negatively on interactions with children and young people.
As children and young people often take the lead of the adult, negative behaviour in that adult could cause confusion and frustration, as it would be at odds with the behaviour expected of the children. Negative behaviour could also affect a young person’s confidence and make you less approachable.
The learner can:
2.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with adults.
I would always be polite and approachable and I would find out exactly what my role was within the team. I would ask for guidance or advice if I was unsure about something and be mindful that other people may also need help or support. I would avoid gossiping or speaking negatively about others but would try to notice other people’s achievements and efforts.
2.2 Describe the importance of adult relationships as role models for children and young people.
If children and young people are in an environment where they see adults treating those around them with...