Unit 5- the principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children. E1- describe the responsibility of the practitioner in professional relationships. Respecting parents views a responsibility of a practitioner as the parent is the main carer and first educator of the Childs life. It is important to consider and take into consideration all of the parents’ wishes and offer them the highest standard possible for their child, ensure you listen to all of the parents views and concerns.
Confidentiality is also very important when working with children, as as a practitioner you may come across sensitive information and all practitioners need to be aware of legislation and the policies within the setting they are in. The data Protection act 1998 protects individual rights and helps to prevent information spreading. “The Act gives legal rights to individuals (data subjects) in respect of personal data processed about them by others”
http://www.ico.org.uk/upload/documents/library/data_protection/detailed_specialist_guides/data_protection_act_legal_guidance.pdf (E8) Respecting diversity of the family structure, backgrounds, languages, culture and beliefs are also part of the practitioners role. If other children discriminate a child it could affect them later in life. The child could develop serious social and emotional problems.
Therefore it is very important for practitioners to notice signs of discrimination and bullying. Working in part of a good team enables a happy environment for the children and there parents. With a good relationship with parents children will settle more quickly and working closely with parents will help the practioner understand the Childs needs in more depth. E2- Discuss 2 issues which contribute to maintaining professional relationships with children and adults.
There are many different issues which contribute to maintaining professional relationships with children and adults, one of the most important is confidentiality. This is extremely important to build relationships with parents as they need to trust us as practitioners to keep any information they give about their child within the setting. To do this we need to provide an environment in which the parents feel they can speak to us about anything about their child. Also to ensure all information on the child is kept in a safe and secure place out of view of the main classroom.
You would also need to get the parents’ permission for any photographs, any documentation about their child and also to get the parents’ permission to pass on relevant information to other professionals. In order to develop positive relationships with others, it is very important to be courteous and respectful, and to listen to their points of view. (E8)Adults and pupils with who you work may also be from different cultures and have different beliefs or values from your own. You should ensure that you acknowledge and respect the views of others at all times and take time to remember names and preferred forms of address. E3- explain the values of a multi-professional approach when working with children and parents. The values of working with multi-professionals are that working with other professionals such as nurses, support workers, special education needs coordinators, speech therapists are all important in meeting the child’s individual needs and supporting their parents.
For example nurses and health visitors they are there to make sure that the child meets their individual developmental milestones and to assist parents with parenting skills. By working and communicating with other professionals, the agencies can all assist in the holistic wellbeing of a child. All of the professionals are there to make sure the individual needs of both parent and child are met for example; if a child is having problems with their speech then the setting would inform the child’s parents and talk to them about a speech therapist coming in and see what they think about it.
If they agree then the practitioner must phone for a speech therapist in to give the child all the help, support and to do what is best for the child to help get around the problem. Parents are welcome to work closely with the speech therapist so that they can work together identifying problems and produce strategies which are best suited to the child. E4- describe the benefits of developing reflective practice within the setting. Reflective practice is an essential part of working with children in any setting. Practitioners need to be able to reflect carefully as they work.
This means thinking about how effective you have been. For example, planning activities, communicating with parents or explaining a situation with another practitioner. Through self reflection it becomes possible to think about how to repeat something that has worked well or how to improve ready for next time. Through reflection it is also possible to improve your interpersonal skills. For example, you might think about how you responded or communicated in a situation and then be able to consider ways in which you might have been more effective. E5- summarise the main principles underpin work with children. The Early Year Foundation Stage is a framework set up for children up to the age of 5, the EYFS include 4 main principles that underpin working with children, there are five themes of the EYFS these are.
A unique child:
Learning and development
A unique child- Every child starts to learn from birth, everybody learns in different ways, and at a different pace which is what makes them unique. There are 4 commitments of the unique child which include, child development, for a child to be able to develop they need to be a skilful communicator, and a competent learner. Keeping safe; all children need to be safe, for this to be achieved we need to make sure all children are being safe and protected, discovering boundaries and making choices.
Health and well-being; every child needs to be healthy and for this to be achieved we need to enable growing and developing, physical well-being, and emotional wellbeing. Learning and development- (E8)every child learns and develop at different rates, They may need different ways of being taught. All areas of development are equally important and inter-connected.
There are four commitments of learning and development which are play and explore; to achieve this children learn through experience, have adult involvement and contexts for learning. Active learning, for this to be achieved the child will need, mental and physical involvement, be able to make decisions and be able to personalize learning. Creativity and critical thinking, this involves making connection, transforming and understanding and sustained shared thinking.
Areas of learning and development, there are 6 types of development, these are, personal social and emotional development, communication, language and literacy development, problem solving reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development and creative development. The CACHE Statement of values given is to each CACHE student on entering placement to ensure they meet are the requirements needed to past the CACHE criteria. There are 6 CACHE statement values.
Putting the child first by:
Ensuring the child’s welfare and safety
Showing compassion and sensitivity
Respecting the child as an individual
Upholding the child’s rights and dignity
Respect the parent, or those parenting role, as the primary carer and educator of the child. (childcare and education, 4th edition CACHE level 3, Penny Tassoni) It is important that the child is put first as they may become in danger if this is not abided by, as well as this if a child is not put first it may drop there confidence as may feel ignored. It is important to respect the parents of the child as you are the one looking after their child, therefore if you have no respect the parent will not want you to look after and support their child. E6- explain the importance of valuing children’s interests and experiences.
When working with children it is important to value their interests and experiences, not only is it good practice, it is also a requirement of the EYFS. The main way to find out children’s interests is through observation. By observing we can see what activities interests them. “by observing children you can see what they already enjoy doing and which activities help them concentrate.” Tassoni 2007 Page 235