Unit 5

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Unit 5
The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children E1: The practitioner has several responsibilities when engaging in professional relationships with children, families, colleagues and other professionals. The first and foremost responsibility is the care and well-being of the children. That is the most obvious and vital area of childcare. A practitioner’s job is to keep the children safe and cater to their every need possible. A sign of a good practitioner is to plan appropriately to every child’s needs. Being involved with group activities helps the practitioner observe the child’s strengths and weaknesses. The children should feel comfortable and secure around the practitioner and have a good friendly relationship. It is our responsibility to create a positive atmosphere. When it comes to building relationships with families, a practitioner has to keep in mind several things. Those include confidentiality and building up trust. The families of the children should be able to feel free to talk openly and discuss their child’s issues or even sometimes their own. A practitioner should also be diverse and engage in inclusive practice. They should be aware of the child and family’s background. It is their duty to respect every child as an individual. It is important to have relationships with families because they are after all the child’s primary caregivers. They know alot about the child and working with them helps the children. Having good relationships with colleagues helps in the work setting as you can work together in order to progress your own practice as well as the child’s. It is important for a practitioner to have good communication skills in order to inform their colleagues of any areas up for discussion. There are times where you have to stay formal. However you can have informal relationships with colleagues. For instance going on nights out and socialising outside the work hours. A practitioner should have a good attitude towards other colleagues and professionals. E2: You have to put in allot of effort when maintaining professional relationships with children and adults. One of the great ways to do this is by keeping information about them confidential. This is essential because families appreciate that. It also reassures them that they are in a safe and secure environment. They know their details will not be exposed therefore they tend to open up more giving everyone a chance to communicate and share different thoughts and ideas. Another issue that works towards maintaining professional relationships is respect. When a child or adult is talking a practitioner’s job is to listen and act upon what they are told if appropriate. You shouldn’t interrupt or talk over someone. The adults wouldn’t think good of it and children would not want to express their feelings as much. Teamwork is very important in a practice. Keeping a professional practise with the members of the staff is crucial. Helping each other out if in need, organising and planning together sharing ideas and thoughts. It all comes down for the beneficial of the children. With the support of teamwork all the children will get the needs that they need. In my setting my supervisor has another member of staff in the class to help her. Every week they sit together and plan accordingly to the days and tell each other what they will be doing and every morning they remind each other of the plans of the day so they don’t get confused. I have seen if one of them is not in the day does not go as planned because there little bumps in-between because the team work is not there. I have also seen them disagree with each other but they don’t confront each other in front of the children they do it when the children are not around and in a separate room in a professional way Its shows how it makes a big difference and how important it is so work together. E3: There are many benefits of having multi-professional approach when...
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