TDA 2.3 - Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
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. 1.2
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 the children to be kind to each other. As adults we must respect other peoples view even if we don’t agree as everyone is entitled to their opinion. Examples – (Foundation Stage & KS 1) Children at this stage are still very young and are still developing their skills, whilst having a conversation with them you should get down to their level to communicate so they do not feel intimidated. They are still being reminded of how important it is to listen to others and not to interrupt others while they are talking. They are still finding it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time and find it hard to adapt to changes in their daily school routine. (KS2) – By this stage children are starting to mature in ways that they communicate with you, they will be used to conversations and know when to speak and when to answer if they have been spoken to. (KS3 &4) – Children at this level will know & understand how to communicate with one another and they will be able to do this by using text messages and emails. Teenagers are sometimes self-conscious and will find it hard speaking in front of others or standing up in a class and talking. To encourage them to gain experiences in this they should work in small groups to gain confidence.
Dealing with disagreements between children – I deal with disagreements between children on a daily basis whether it be in the classroom or playground, I always take the children aside and listen to what has happened from all involved, children all like to have their say in what has happened. After listening to what has happened I then make a decision if one of the children was in the wrong and if this is so they will apologise. (In some cases I may need to speak to another member of staff).
The ways in which we act and behave has an impact on children as they also follow what adults do, and they will always point out anything which you have told them to do but do not do yourself. You should always approach and respond to...
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