The practitioner’s responsibility in a professional relationship is that they should be able to work as part of a team and provide a high quality care and education for children, you would do this by following legislations. By following all your settings principles, policies and procedures you would be promoting and encouraging the children's safety. You as a practitioner would always maintain a high level of safety by following the settings policies and procedures and be being aware of any emergency procedures. Also if you believe a child is being harmed you should always report it as the child may be being abused etc. . . "Policies in early years' settings are there to guide the actions which practitioners need to take to fulfil the vision and aims of the setting and to act as a point of reference against which decisions can be made." Early Years Update. Also for practitioners to be in professional relationship they should be able to keep confidentiality, effective communication and professionalism. The reason a practitioner should keep confidentiality about the children in the group or the parents, is because each child is different with different needs. If the practitioner went around talking about children to other parents, they would tell other parents that, for example: her daughter can’t do that while mine could do it a year ago. This would make the parents judgemental about other children and upset the parent of the child. You do not share information with any other people other than care staff, unless there is an emergency where medical practitioners may need to access the information. A When talking to a parent you should exchange information in an appropriate area, so in a spare room this is to keep confidentiality and if any information is given ensure that the information is kept out of view from other parents. A Tassoni 2007 pg 219 When communicating with parents, staff and visitors ensure that you are honest, specific, keeping parents informed about their child or if it is other professionals and staff then keeping them up to date on the child’s performance, Ensure that that the communication needs are met for example translations. The environment should be warm and welcoming so it is inviting to everyone. By creating confidential and welcoming areas for conversations would attract more people. Also have clear and attractive noticeboards so parents, other professionals and visitors are able to see what has been going on and what is going to happen in the setting. The setting should also put up photos of the children in the setting, displays of the children’s work. A setting should have high standards of care ensuring parents to understand the health and safety procedures and policies of the setting and also ensure that you share the same expectations with parents for example with regard to the child’s behaviour.
E2 Two issues which contribute to maintaining professional relationships with adults and children is listening and have confidentiality. The reason to have good listening skills in the setting is because you would need to follow instructions and take in information from staff, parents and children. For example a parent might want you to pass on information to someone like the child’s key worker or the head teacher. The information could be very important so you would have to be listening carefully to whatever the parent has told you, as they would trust you to pass the information on. Also when working with the children, they might want to tell you something which could be relevant information to you and also a child might want you to listen carefully so that you can understand what he or she is saying. Childcare and education4th edition, Tassoni, 2007 page 13. Another issue which contributes to maintaining a professional relationship with adults and children is confidentiality. By keeping information about children and their families confidential, is essential, because any...
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