Unit 5: Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in care
1. Be able to develop positive relationships with children and young people
Positive relationships with children and young people are fundamental in relation to their learning and development as an individual. Therefore it is vital that positive relationships are built from the onset. The Early years foundation stage more commonly referred to as the EYFS has statutory elements regarding the allocation of key workers to children and young people. The key worker is responsible for developing a secure bond with the child or young person. They take responsibility for the child or young person’s welfare and work in partnership with parent and carers to aid in the development of the child. Children thrive better when they feel at ease around those caring for and educating them. The emotional relationship is as important to the child as providing the child with play opportunities and education theories. Relationships take time to develop and develop differently depending on the age of the child. Relationships can be built through every day experiences in babies; for example nappy changing, feeding routines and play, the baby begins to associate the carer with certain aspects in their routine, therefore it is best practise if the same carer carries out the everyday experiences. During these times its vital that the child is given eye contact, response to stimuli and communication, this is more successful than planned activities such as rhymes or repeated actions for the childs development and understanding of relationships. All children need to have a strong attachment to a key individual in the setting; children will develop relationships with a particular adult and see them as an alternative to their parent or carer. Relationships are built over time and in my setting we encourage new service users to integrate their child slowly over a period of time known...
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