The Purpose of This Report Is to Review and Evaluate the Principles Underpinning the Role of the Practitioner When Working with Children.

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The purpose of this report is to review and evaluate the principles underpinning the role of the practitioner when working with children. Contents
Introduction…………………………………………………………….3 The role in maintaining professional relationships with children and adults…………………………………………………………………….3-7 1.1…………………………………………………………………………3-4 1.2…………………………………………………………………………4-5 1.3…………………………………………………………………………5-7 The development of reflective practice……………………………7-11 2.1…………………………………………………………………………7-8 2.2…………………………………………………………………………8-9 2.3…………………………………………………………………………10-11 Principles and practices supporting working with children……11-15 3.1………………………………………………………………………….11-12 3.2………………………………………………………………………….12-14 3.3………………………………………………………………………….14-15 Current research and initiatives………………………………………15-18 4.1……………………………………………………………………………15-17 4.2……………………………………………………………………………17-18 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………18 Bibliography……………………………………………………………….19

Introduction
This report will discuss ways in which to improve practice, and keep up to date with legislation, initiatives, and research and standard changes. It will explain the ways on how to maintain professional relationships with adults and children. This report aims to layout the benefits of reflective practice and show how to develop it as a skill. There are various principles and practices that underpin working with children, in this report it will explain and evaluate them.

Being up to date with recent initiatives and current research is a key element to becoming a childcare practitioner, in this report it will provide information about these and show how they can support practice within early year’s settings.

1 – The role in maintaining professional relationships with children and adults.

1.1
As a childcare practitioner there are a wide range of responsibilities that have to be taken on in all professional relationships whether that is with parents, children, other practitioners or other professionals.

All practitioners must have a professional attitude when talking to others; they must speak, and act professionally at all times.

In all relationships there has to be a level of respect given to the other person or people. Respect is vital, as if the parents, children, or other professionals feel respected then respect with be given back to the practitioner.

Depending on the setting, different sets of responsibilities will be to each practitioner. All staff must follow the codes of practice that underpin practice.

1.2
There are different issues which contribute to maintaining professional relationships with children and adults, just two of these are cooperation and having clear lines of communication.

It is important to be able to cooperate with others when working together to ensure that both the adults and child’s views and opinions are heard, respected and taken into account when making decisions about an issue that will affect them. By cooperating with one another it exhibits the practitioners’ team skills, showing that it is possible to work with others to make positive decisions without harming the relationship that has already been established.

When maintaining professional relationships with children and adults it is important that practitioners are able to communicate clearly, and that clear lines of communication are made aware to both children and adults when the professional relationship is established. A practitioner should seem approachable in order for clear communication to take place, adults and children must feel comfortable enough to be able to communicate any information, whether it is positive or negative. Practitioners need to be able to feel confident enough to also communication any information, positive or negative to adults, whether they are, parents, other staff members or part of a multi-professional team.

1.3
As a practitioner, having and being a part of a...
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