Depending on whether you are building a relationship with a child or adults you will need to change/adapt your behaviour and communication skills. You need to show skills that make you approachable; children need to feel secure and happy to be around you.
In order to gain respect from children you need to set ground rules and stick to them, it is important that you do this from the start. It is also important that you talk to your work colleagues and discuss how you are going to work together to gain a good working / professional relationship and for everyone to develop mutual respect.
It is important to adapt communication to include all children. In my class the children are always greeted with a smile, good morning and how are you today. Some of the children have news to tell us. I get down to their level and have eye contact and listen to what they have to say. I always show interest in what they are saying as it boosts their confidence and shows that you care. When talking to the children I use the level that the child I’m talking to can understand as some of them you have to use short sentences as they can’t handle to much information. When talking to adults I always speak clearly and use positive body language like smiling. I’m always friendly to all member of staff or anyone I come into contact with. The school has an open door policy so parents/carers are always popping in and I know a lot of them.
How to behave appropriately for a child or young person stage of development – Children are all at different ages & stages and all have different needs which will vary the amount of time that they can concentrate and pay attention.
We help children to learn the value of positive relationships in many ways. We promote and reward positive behaviour, encourage turn taking, we ensure we are good role models; we encourage sharing and we also encourage