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Introduction to Working with Children.

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30077630 Wirral Metropolitan College 485.000 Unit 1 Assignment ? An introduction to working with children Section 1 (E1 and E2) (E1)Describe three different types of settings which provide care and education for children in your area. (E2)Describe how each of the types of settings identified in E1 aims to support children and their families. E1 ? Statutory sector Statutory services are funded and provided by the government by law. These services provide health care, education, financial support among other things. A Primary School is an example of a statutory service. Children have to attend a statutory service by law. E2 A Primary School is a statutory provision. Children between the ages of 5-18 have to legally attend school. The support and guidance supplied in a primary school helps to ensure the child and their family are aware of all the help that is available for them. A primary school is part of a network of professionals aiming to provide help to children and their families. If a child is having problems, and their development in school is being affected, then this is where the primary school can offer help or advice to lead into a better outcome for the child. Even if it isn?t an educational problem, the primary school will lead the child and their family into the right direction for a solution. This will ensure he child is thriving at their best ability. A primary school not only helps a child to gain independent skills in maths and English but social and communication skills too. These are key skills that a primary school promotes to support children and their families. E1 ? Voluntary sector Voluntary services are funded and provided by charities and donations. These services do not have to be passed by legislation and don?t have to be attended or used. These services provide support and care for families, money for people in certain circumstances and help people with health problems. ...read more.

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In a setting a practitioner might have their patience tested and therefore should always remain professional and calm. Having to deal with a stressful situation can test your patience; however a practitioner needs to apply her patient skills to keep a calm atmosphere for the children. Hardworking is also another key skill a practitioner will need to apply with working with children. Even though there is a lot of fun and games with working with children there is also a lot of paperwork and logs that need to be kept up to date. Everyone has to pull their weight when it comes to handling children. As well as paperwork and playing around there is also cleaning and tidying up to be done, which is hard work sometimes however to maintain a safe surrounding for a child to be able to play in, these jobs needs to be monitored and completed. E7 ? Describe how study skills can support your learning during your training. During training to be able to work with children there is a lot of studying which has to go on. Throughout the study time it is important to eat and drink regularly with breaks. Having study strategies is important, so studying can be easy and not stressful. Mind mapping is an example of a study skill. Mind mapping helps to enhance your learning by helping you to take notes and to link pieces of information together. This helps you to problem solve. Being able to add information as you go along makes this skill quick and simple. It also makes it easier when in a class environment and you have to write information down quickly. The layout of mind maps helps some people to memorize the information more. This will save time when looking back for information. Mind mapping is therefore a key study skill which can support your learning throughout the course. ...read more.

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A child centred approach allows the child to decide what they would like to learn and play with. This will enable the child to explore freely and at their own pace. It allows a child to develop their concentration skills and to spend time to ask and solve questions. Rather than giving children in a setting a task to do all the time this child centred approach allows the child to willingly choose their activity. This will enhance their sense of creativity and communication skills with other children and adults. Having this approach will enable a child to focus on the task they have chosen and will increase the chances of the children to reach their personal goals. Learning in a fun environment is vital for a child to be able to express their emotions and to learn in a way that is comfortable for them. This method is important as it focuses on their needs and can show whether or not they are improving or need extra help in other areas of their development. This approach increases a child?s self esteem and allows their confidence to be tested in the task they are approaching. This approach to learning is important as it ensures the child?s needs are considered first and they are closely monitored to enable the child needs no extra help or support. This technique is important and useful for all children in early years as this will be a stepping stone onto further education. It will allow them to figure out their interest and develop skills. All children are different and respond to different techniques and approaches, this is where the child centred approach shows which techniques and approaches work best for that particular child. The child centred approach is very important in early years as it allows children to learn appropriate and correct skills on how to learn and develop their interests and skills. Having a positive and fun attitude to a task will help them to achieve their goals and to succeed from early years and beyond. ...read more.

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