1.1, Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults.
Effective communication is the most important part in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults. Some pupils that struggle with their learning and/or have confidence issues may find that they can’t communicate with all of us, therefore, treating that pupil in a calm, positive, praising and gentle manner could mean the difference between them trusting us or closing down and giving up. I believe that children should be spoken to the way I would want to be spoken to by others and that negative comments or tones would hurt my feelings, so to talk to a child with issues in this manner is extremely damaging. I also take this stand when talking to adults that I work with or children’s parents. The setting I work in is with children aged 7-11yrs old. I am careful to use vocabulary they understand or to explain further with words they do not. Conversation is brought to their level but not in a derogatory way. Also, at this age, I feel children want to like their teachers and feel liked back. This changes when children grow into their teens and go into secondary education. The child has grown more mature and so is treated more maturely by their teachers and other adults around them but as a secondary school teacher may only spend around 3 or 4 hours a week teaching a child good communication must be achieved using other strategies, such as an informal chat during break times or if its required contacting their parents.