Communication in Early Years

Topics: Communication, Nonviolent Communication, Graphic communication, Nonverbal communication, Writing / Pages: 7 (1626 words) / Published: Sep 29th, 2012
SHC 31: Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.2


“Communication is an essential part of working with other adults and children in the early year sector.” (Tassoni P., 2010) Communication is the process of understanding and sharing information where listening plays an important role.
We communicate with others, not only verbally, but by how we act. It will include our appearance, gestures, posture, eye contact, body movement, what we carry with us, how close we stand or sit to others, and our facial expressions. Communication allows people to share information and built relationships.

1. Identify the different reasons people communicate.

According to Tassoni relationships and communication are closely linked and all practitioners have to be good communicators. People communicate because:

• They form relations – the first communication will appear when child and parents, young person or practitioner joins the setting. Each week when I start my Polish classes I smile and wave to the children so they know I am friendly and we are going to learn through play. This allows me to build relationship with my pupils.

• They strengthen relations – simply by saying ‘hello’ or smiling to someone we are in the process of maintaining relationships. During my visits in schools I maintain relationships with pupils not only during the lesson time but also when we talk to each other outside the classroom (break time, ‘hello’ in the hall). It is important for me to strengthen relationships with adults in my settings. We often have a nice talk in the staff room or before I start and finish lessons.

• They collect and share information – not only with children but also with they parents and staff. Example: If a new child starts the school we gain information about him/her. When I visit the class for the first time it is important for me to collect information

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