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As practitioners its important to value childrens interests and experiences as it show the children we are listening to them, it helps them to become their own individual person, to concentrate more, have higher self-esteem and it also helps to have

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( E6) When working with children it's important to value their interests and experiences not only is this good practice, it's also a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. (EYFS) The main way to find out children's interests is through observations. By observing we can see what activities interest them. "By observing children you can see what they already enjoy doing and which activities help them to concentrate." (Tassoni, 2007, pg 235) We can also find out their interests by asking the children themselves asking their parents/carers and through home-visiting. From knowing children's interests it can help us to plan more effectively as we can plan activities that we know children will participate in and enjoy. Planning an activity which interests children means they are more likely to concentrate and there for learn more than if they didn't enjoy the activity. "Babies and children will always concentrate and therefore learn more easily if they are doing something they are interested in and enjoying." (Tassoni, 2007, pg 235). In the placement I am in there is a group of boys who practically like super-hero's so we use pictures of them and include them into the main topic and the boys stay interested for longer. ...read more.


To keep the relationship professional it's our responsibility to know are limits and boundaries through reading policies and setting information. E.g. knowing not to pick children up and hug them. The relationship between the childcare setting and the child parents is very important and they are the primary carer and have the most knowledge of their child, having and good relationship means this knowledge can be passed on to help with planning and individual needs. The practitioner's responsibility is to ensure they set a professional impression meaning to be friendly and approachable but not to treat parents/carers as close friends or family. It is also the practitioner's responsibility is to keep parents and carers informed with up to date information about their child. "Practitioners need to keep parents informed about their child's activities." (Beaver, 2008 ) The responsibility continues into not gossiping about other children and families, sticking to codes of practice and referring parents and carers to a more senior member of staff if any questions and information is beyond their role. It's important to know your limits and boundaries in this relationship - Failing to maintain a profession relationship with parents/carers may result in serious allegations and may jeopardize the relation between other parents and carers; this could result in loss of trust. ...read more.


(Tassoni, pg 127, 2007) Confidentiality plays a big part in relation to parents, children and other colleagues trusting us with private information. "Understanding that some conservations and information are confidential is important.it shows that you are trustworthy." (Tassoni. Pg 350, 2007) E4 - describe the benefits of developing reflective practice within the setting. Can get feed back / constructed criticism Reflection is an essential part of working with children in any setting -pg 228 Give u the ability to develop and improve your working practice The reflective cycle - used in any situation in your working practice CONTINUESS REVIEWS AND EVALUATIONS/PLANNING IDENTIFYS STRENGHT AND WEAKNESSES - PLAN NEXT STEPS AND GOALS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING / DEVELOPMENT IMPROVING ACTIVITIES - BETTER/MORE RESCOURSES OBSERVATIONS Give information about how a setting benefits when reflective practice is developed. Benefits may include: continuous review and evaluation/planning cycle, identify strengths /weaknesses, use strengths, plan next steps/goals, problem solving, adjust practice, professional training/development....... D1 - Explain the importance of reflective practice for improving your own work We can do this by meeting differen professionals Reading from different rescourse LEARNING FROM MISTAKES RECOGNISING STRENGHTS AND WEAKNESSES IMPROVING PERFORMANCE SETTING GOALS TO HELP WITH THIS PUTTING SKILLS THAT LEARNT AT COLLEGE INTO PRACTICE ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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