2.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults.
Positive relationships= Relationships that benefit children and young people and their ability to participate in and benefit from the setting.(pg 2, Supporting teaching and learning in schools. L Burnham. B Baker.)
To create and work on positive relationships in schools, you need to show and role model effective communication in conversations with other adults and the way you approach other adults and children. The way you respond to them and the way you greet them when you see them are important when communicating. Bending down to a child’s eye level and giving them eye contact will make the child focus on what you are saying and be less intimidating. You should be aware of the language you use and use short sentences, as children can not always handle too much information at once. Making sure you’re being understood by getting them too repeat back what you ask of them, and listen to what is being said and show an interest in what they tell you, this will help with their self-worth and confidence. When talking to adults I speak clearly and use positive body language. I smile and always try to have a friendly manner towards all members of staff and other adults I may come into contact with. I am very careful what I say for things can be very easily misread by adults and pupils. I have an understanding on what is expected of us in school and that how we communicate with others is really important. If we expect certain behaviour from pupils, when communicating we need to set an example ourselves. When communication doesn’t happen in schools, this is when things can go wrong and break downs happen. Communication can be vital in schools for children’s safety and welfare. We need to share information with outside agencies and communicate on all levels. This will ensure that the child receives the best care if everyone involved has the same aims. Lev Vygotsky believed that: Children do not simply react to words that are used to but interpret the context, facial expressions, and body language to understand meaning.
2.2 Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults. In the school I work in we promote and reward positive behaviour and encourage sharing and turn taking these are the key to communication building and the running of the school. In order for relationships to build you need to make sure you think about what is expected for relationships to work. You need to respect others and listen to others points of view. You need to be clear with instructions when asking a child to do something, in case they do not understand what you want them to do. We also need to ensure that we are being a good role model. It’s our job to make sure we encourage the children to be kind to each other. Working with adults you need to respect views, even if you do not agree as everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You need to make sure that you show an interest in what people are saying and show concern if needed. People have different cultures and have different beliefs, which should be respected. Taking time to remember names of pupils and staff members and other adults that come into school. You need to make sure you listen to others, if they are asking for advice or help or a child may want to confide in you. Showing an interest in what is being said, you need to keep in mind that people have off days, but working with children you need to put things aside and be professional at all times and remember people have personal problems and people may have had bad news or problems in their private lives, you need to keep this in mind. When someone is...