Think of three reasons why developing positive relationships with children and young people is important. Write them below.
children will be happy to stay with you and feel secure and therefore happy to join in activities/play.
you can get to know childrens likes and dislikes and the way they learn and then plan and help them develop and reach their full potential.
children will trust you and could confide in you if they have any worries.
Children and young people need to feel valued, nurtured and acknowledged. For each of the age groups below, think of one way in which you can do this, and complete the three blank columns of the table.
Babies up to one year
Smile at baby and talk to them, lots of eye contact and attention Lots of physical contact, cuddles and holding
Pick up and cuddle if crying and engage with babies when they are babbling . 1–2 year olds
Lots of praise for achievements and positive comments
Cuddles and let them sit on your lap if they want to.
Respond to them if they communicate with you in anyway, listen to them with interest and always be positive so as to encourage a good relationship. 3–5 year olds
Encourage them in play and activities with other children
Verbal reassurance and approval
Listen to them talking and sharing their ideas and try to answer any questions they have as honestly as possible. 6–11 year olds
It is important to talk and listen to them expressing their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Verbal reassurance and approval are still important at this age. it is essential to allow them to develop their own views and opinions and listen to them. 12–19 year olds
Always be ready to talk and listen
Try to be positive and respect their views
Always listen and empathise when they have chosen to share something with you.
3.5 A2: Listening to children
AC: 1.2 FS: English: Speaking, listening and communication
Complete the spider diagram below to show how you can demonstrate that you are listening to what a child is saying. An example has been provided for you.
Kerry has just arrived at the children’s home where Tom works. Kerry is nine years old. Her mother has just been taken into hospital and there are no family members who can look after Kerry. Kerry’s father is not allowed to see her or her mother as he was prosecuted for physically harming them both. Kerry is understandably wary of men and will not talk to Tom. As the senior member of staff on duty that day, it is his responsibility to settle her in. 1.
How can Tom start to develop a good relationship with Kerry? Tom can talk to Kerry about the childrens home and routines there with a female colleague present, he can empathise with Kerry about her mum and reassure her that she will be ok at the home until she can return home with her mum.Tom can also let Kerry know that he is there, to listen to her if she needs to talk at any time and also if she needs any help or questions with anything. 2.
What strategies might Tom use to overcome the feelings and issues Kerry has with communicating with men? If tom always talks sincerely and reassuringly to Kerry, introducing her to the other children and checking with her that she is ok then slowly Kerry will start to realise that all men are not like her dad and she can talk and trust them Task 3
‘I can’t do cooking because, if I do, I might get burnt and have to go to hospital.’ If a child in your care were to make this statement, what do you think they might really be saying and how should you respond? I would think the child was frightened of getting burnt as they may have been told by parents ‘keep out of kitchen when im cooking, as its dangerous and you may get burnt!’ I would talk to them and say the kitchen can be a dangerous place but if you are sensible and ask for follow instructions and becareful around the oven/cooker etc then there would...
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