Joanna Benson Level 3 Support Teaching and Learning Unit 301 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. Outcome 1: To understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults. 1. 1Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children and adults. Working with children requires us to build relationships with them quickly, but also in ways that are professional.
The quality of relationships that we have with children and young people has a huge effect on the way in which we can work with them. Positive relationships with children and young people are important because when children feel comfortable with us they can separate more easily from their parents and children are more likely to participate in the play and learning activities if they are secure emotionally. When children have strong relationships, they are less likely to show unwanted behaviour as we can recognise and meet their needs and their language develops more quickly because they feel confident talking to us.
As a teaching assistant in a primary school it means I can plan more accurately alongside lead teacher if I understand children’s developmental needs and know their interests I am also are able to respond to children more effectively because I can recognise their expressions and emotions. I think that one of the most important aspects of building a relationship is to find ways of communicating effectively. Since working at my school I now realise that communication is not just about words it is also about our facial expressions, body language and gestures. Communication A welcoming atmosphere with approachable staff helps to create effective communication. •Effective communication means there is a two-way flow of information, knowledge and expertise between parents and practitioners. •All communication is important, including gesture, signing and body language. Actions can speak louder than words. •Posters, pictures and other resources on display will show the setting’s positive attitudes to disability, and to ethnic, cultural and social diversity. They will help children and families to recognise that they are valued. Learning together Parents and Teachers (assistants)have a lot to learn from each other. This can help them to support and extend children’s learning and development. •Parents should review their children’s progress regularly and contribute to their child’s learning and development record. •Parents can be helped to understand more about learning and teaching through workshops on important areas such as play, outdoor learning or early reading. Some parents may go on to access further education at their own level. •In true partnership, parents understand and contribute to the policies in the setting.