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Promoting A Healthy Environment For Children - The Role of the Practitioner

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[E1] + [A1] "Health is not just about keeping children free of illness but promoting their overall well-being" According to Tassoni et al (2007:265). 'Being Healthy' is about a variety of factors that are Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social and Spiritual; practitioners must suit all these needs and take a holistic approach to ensure that every child within their setting is truly 'healthy'. My first piece of evidence is a Cleves Cross dinner menu, which displays the food that will be served to the children throughout the week. It displays a variety of foods which will suit the children's daily intake as they are rich is carbohydrates, sugars, vitamins and minerals. Every meal will come with clean drinking water to fulfil a child's right to clean water. Each meal now also comes with a health nutritious salad or numerous vegetables such as broccoli or carrots, this enables children to stay fit and healthy. It is the role of the practitioner to plan and cook these meals daily for every child to ensure that every child has a nutritious meal so that children get their Guided Daily Amount (GDA) of nutrients and so they have the energy to participate in fun stimulating activities. If children have allergies or disliking in the food then it is the role of the practitioner to plan suitable alternatives which will provide them with the necessary nutrition, for example in my first placement Child A was a vegetarian and does not like to consume any meat or fish and that he does ...read more.

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Every time a child has an injury the Date, Time, Place of accident, Circumstances, Nature and Treatment must be recorded and then the Supervisor, Manager, Witnesses and parents must all sign the log to prove that they have all been notified. The accident must then be given a number and that number must be placed on a diagram to show where the child has hurt themselves, it is the role of the practitioner to fill out all these forms and record each accident. After every accident the manager must be informed about all the details and then must sign the accident log to prove that they have been informed. If a child's injury gets worse than an "Injury Monitoring Log" must be filled in and the child's health must be recorded every 30 minutes, this is for things such as concussions where the parents of the child must be contacted as soon as possible. Confidentially must be maintained at all times throughout a child's accident, for example a supervisor cannot disclose any information to a parent about any other child other than their own. As a practitioner it is my role to promote this healthy lifestyle by following legislation and acting as a role model, by eating and providing a variety of healthy food and snacks with the children so they can choose which ones they prefer as every child is different and would have a different opinion. ...read more.

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Practitioners, including students, should not discuss or otherwise share this information - for example, when chatting in the staffroom or with friends at the weekend. . Practitioners must understand that Settings will have strict confidentiality policies which will compel them to keep all private information about a child in a safe, secure place and only disclose this information if that specific child's well-being is at risk. Practitioners must also understand that if this private information is revealed it may cause harm or distress to the child or family involved and the child may have problems trusting adults in the future, as staff must be aware of the importance of confidentiality in the roles of the key person as "Anyone working with your children, whether in a nursery setting, a school or in the family home, will need to practise confidentiality. Confidentiality is respect for the privacy of any information about a child and his or her family". According to Bruce T and Meggitt C (2007:499). For example, when I carried out my dairy tasks and observations in my setting I had to sign a statement of confidentiality to ensure that I respected my settings policies of confidentiality and instead of naming the setting and the children I used names such as Child A and Adult B to refer to each child. Although I could improve my practise by keeping all my observation about the children in a safer location such as a lockable file cabinet instead of my current plastic folder. ?? ?? ?? ?? Promoting A Health Environment For Children Unit 6 Name: Joseph Dormer Centre Number: 400.00 Pin Number: 10/682139 Page ...read more.

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