Develop Positive Relationship with Children, Young People and Others Involved in Their Care
CYP Core 3.5
Be able to develop positive relationships with children and young people.
Explain why positive relationships with children and young people are important and how these are built and maintained.
Positive relationships are extremely important if you want the child to thrive and grow within your setting. Being a positive role model is essential as the child needs to feel secure in your care. If a positive relationship has been formed, it makes it easier to work with the child to develop all kinds of areas. Such as speech and language, the more you interact with a child with positive gestures, comments and actions and body language, the more they will relax in your company and feel they can and want to talk to you, open up with feelings and requests and join in activities. This in turn makes for a happy child.
Babies for instance, they need comfort and bonding time with their key person. Spending time with a baby not only playing, but simple gestures as cuddling, rocking, soothing and singing. Also, when you are changing their nappy or feeding them. This time is precious as you have direct contact with the child. You can talk and show affection by making faces, by touch and laughing. It is important to give them eye contact. This time is sometimes more important then planned activities.
Toddlers also need the same comfort of cuddles and taking time to just talk to them and again give them eye contact and special moments that make them feel individual which can be sometimes lost in a setting with more than one child. It is important to be consistent with routines and discipline so that a child can feel safe and secure. Also, to keep promises. If a child is promised that tomorrow or later than day we can read a special book that they have bought with them, then we have to fulfil our promise so that they will trust us with other more important matters.
If a child does not have a positive relationship with their key person, the reactions they receive will be how they react to other children or adults.
For an older child, probably less of a direct approach. More of asking them for their help alongside you or letting them join in of their own accord. Helping them if they ask and building on an equal relationship. Show them that you are open minded by listening to them and never putting them down. Gain their confidence slowly by just being around them and caring for their needs. The importance of this is that many young people do not find it easy to talk to adults about what is happing in their life. Be it minor instance between friends or parents or to the extreme of serious like abuse. If you build a relationship that shows you can listen and are not over bearing then they will confide in you and then you have a chance to help them.
Demonstrate how to listen to and build relationships with children and young people.
My very first meeting with any child from birth to teens would be very welcoming and try to make them feel at home. I would do this by keeping my face light and smiley and keeping my voice gentle and not overload them with rules when they first arrive.
For a baby I would definitely give them as much attention visually and physically as I could on their first few visits. I would do this by again giving lots of positive facial expressions and keeping my face smiley and open and my voice light and gentle. Being close to them on the floor, playing games or rolling balls and anything that attracts attention. Giving them lots of eye contact and cuddles throughout the day. During meals and play, encourage them by clapping and smiling when they achieve something or do something nice. Praise them often. At mealtimes and nappy...
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