E1. Describe how the playworker can create a play environment where all children and young people feel listened to and respected.
Playwork Principle 5 states “The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play”.
An effective playworker should be able to meet the ever changing needs of the children and young people in their care and understand that the attitudes of the staff can have a major impact on the child’s play experience. All Children and young people in your care should be treated with the same respect and have the same rights and access to every opportunity that is provided. No children should be excluded due to your own beliefs, prejudice or religion. It is important that positive relationships are made with all children and young people attending the setting regardless of their age, home circumstance, gender etc. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989 was devised as a universal statute dealing with the child’s specific needs and rights. Several of its articles state that children and young people have the right to express their own views and opinions, to be listened to and shown respect. A Settings mission statement should relate to these rights as should its policies and procedures incorporate them. The starting point in working effectively with children of all ages is your relationship with them. Children who feel valued and who enjoy being with you will respond better. This means that they are more likely to enjoy their time in the setting. The basis of forming a relationship with children is to consider what their needs may be and to adapt the way in which you work to meet these needs to suit the age or stage of development. You need to make sure that children are always able to turn to someone when they are upset, disappointed or dealing with problems. They need familiar, friendly and supported faces therefore an important aspect of creating a play environment where children and young people feel listened to and respected is communication. The most successful play workers are those with good communication skills enabling them to develop effective relationships with those in their care. Effective communication is not only verbal but incorporates body language, facial expressions and listening skills. Children and young people within a setting should feel they are able to talk to any of the adults about any subject and be confident to say “no” if they are not comfortable about something. Our setting has a group charter, devised by the children and young people, which states amongst others ‘that everyone has a right to choose who and what they wish to play with.’ Children and young people should be consulted regularly about the type of things/activities they wish to do within the setting. We have a children’s planning board which all children are free to offer up ideas and suggestions on at any time. Through observation and informal consultations with the children our staff are able to resource the setting appropriately for those attending and therefore creating a play environment that the children are aware that they are active participants in the group development take ownership of.
E2. Describe how the behaviour of the playworker may affect the play and behaviour of children and young people. Playwork Principle 7 states. “Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people's play on the playworker”
A playworker can play a significant role in the life of a child. Playworkers should be aware and understand that the attitudes and actions of the staff can have a major impact on the child’s play experience. The behaviour of the playworker can affect the play both positively and negatively.
Playworkers appreciate the...