Childcare

E1- Describe the responsibility of the practitioner in professional relationships.

There are lots of responsibilities that the practitioner needs to consider to maintain professional relationships, the main ones are that we know each and every child??™s individual needs, as all children are different and have different abilities and strengths and as a practitioner we need to understand that and help them to meet their individual milestones and support them in areas that the children struggle with.

Being hygienic is also an important responsibility because when your working with children you have to make sure every where is clean so there is no germs or bacteria on tables etc. as children can become ill when exposed to this. The practitioner should always be hygienic themselves by making sure they themselves are clean by not the same shoes everyday as there feet may start to smell, making sure they use deodorant and wear clean appropriate clothes as parents and teachers would not want you working with their children if you were not clean and practiced good hygiene because practitioners are role models to the children.

E2 – Discuss two issues which contribute to maintaining professional relationships with children and adults.

Having good communication is important in maintaining good relationships with other practitioners because parents and children need to feel comfortable to come into the setting and discuss things with the practitioners. Children need to feel comfortable with talking to practitioners too, because they could have something on their mind or a message from home to pass on to the practitioner and if they feel uncomfortable it is likely they will just leave it.

E3 – Explain the value of working with multi-professional approach when working with parents and children

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.

The benefits of reflective practice within the setting are; Reflective practice lets you look over the work you have done and makes the practitioner think about how that they can improve and make their work better, it also helps the practitioner to identify their weak areas where they need help but also identifies the child??™s area of strength and what they are good at.

Reflective practice gives the practitioner time out to make them think of how they could do better, what they could do the next time and if the practitioner set an activity out for the children and it didn??™t go well if she/he reflected on what they did she/he would be able to improve it for the next time.

The child is also learning a number of other skills e.g. about different cultures as all cricket players are different race and come from a different background, geography because the children will learn what countries that the cricketers are from and the would also learn English by looking at the cards they will be able to learn how to pronounce hard names and countries.

E5 ??“ Summarize the main principles that underpin working with children

In every setting practitioners and all who work within the setting need to know about the principles and values that underpin working with children. Being committed, enthusiastic and reflective is required in the early years setting to have effective practice; the principles are having professional relationships with both parents and children. The practitioner needs to understand that every child is different and that they don??™t all learn the same way like some children pick up on things a lot easier than others. The values are that the practitioner ensures the child??™s health and safety also their welfare. Meeting the children??™s individual needs is respecting them as an individual, and showing them that you respect them because they have the right to speak instead of being told their every move they can speak up for themselves.

E6 ??“ Explain the importance of valuing children??™s interests and experience

It is very important that we value children??™s interests and experience because the practitioner will get to know the child and will be able to see the child??™s personality more and see what activities they like doing and then the practitioner can work their way around doing more activities that the children enjoy doing which will motivate them and it will encourage them to get involved in more activities.

E7 ??“ Collate information about 1 initiative and 1 piece of research

See enclosed research.

E8 ??“ Show an understanding of diversity and inclusive practice

It is important that practitioners understand that all children have different needs no matter what background they come from, race, culture or disability. It is there job to make sure these needs are met. A practitioner can show this by making sure that each lesson and activity is adapted to all of the children for example; if the class were doing a race in P.E and there was a child in a wheelchair in the class then the practitioner will need to adapt the activity so all of the children can be involved. For example; the practitioner could involve the disabled child by giving them a job like keeping track of who wins the race or even participating the child in the race and the practitioner would push the child in the race. Including every child in all the activities you do is important so that they don??™t feel left out and feel as though they are being treated different to any of the other children

E9 ??“ Reference and bibliography

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D1 ??“ Explain the importance of reflective practice for improving your own performance.

Reflective practice is really important for improving your own learning as if you didn??™t reflect on things then you wouldn??™t be able to improve whatever the activity was. Reflective practice is important to the development of all professionals because it lets us to learn from experience, Reflecting on our own performance is a form of feedback and by keeping a reflective diary about your own experience helps you to reflect and learn from experience then you can think about ways to make activities better. Taking notes in class and taking extra training will help you to be able to look back and reflect more effectively.

For example if the class was doing a reading activity and it didnt go so well looking back on the notes will help to spot what went well and what never and the practitioner could improve the activity for the next time. the reflective cycle is a good method to follow when doing reflective practice.

D2 ??“ Discuss two strategies for improving your own learning and performance improving your own learning

It is important that you can improve your own learning and performance so that everything you do to a higher standard there are many strategies that you can use to to help for example;

Research ??“ Research is important for improving your own learning as the practitioner can read through magazines, books and browse the web to find relevant information that they need therefore they are improving their own learning by gaining a knowledge and understanding of something that they was not sure of in the beginning.

C1 ??“ Analyse how the main principles that underpin work with children can support the practitioners practice in the setting.

The main principles that underpin work with children are that the welfare of the child is paramount and that each child is individual, the practitioner is their to support and meet their individual needs. The principles are there as a guideline to follow for practitioners because it is part of their role to protect an safeguard children this is because they need to show that they can look after them and provide a safe environment.Being committed, enthusiastic and reflective supports practice in the setting because if your not committed to what you are doing and enthusiastic about it then it will give the impression that you do not like your job. Also if your not reflective you wont be able to see what needs to be improved and what thing have gone well.

B1 ??“ Evaluate how the recent initiative supports practice within the early years settings.

ECM – Every Child matters supports practice in the early years setting from birth to 19 years their aim is to improve the well being of children and young people and making sure that the following outcomes for children are met; being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution.