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Unit 1 - An Introduction to Working With Children

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Unit 1 - An introduction to working with children D1 + D2 A statutory provision is a provision that is provided by the government because a law has been passed to provide this. A statutory provision for children under the age of 5 years old is a nursery class that is attached to a state school. The purpose of this setting is to care for the children but mostly to introduce them into school life. The setting has the same opening hours as a state school, six hours a day. 9 am - 3 pm. A private provision aims to make a profit. Families will make a payment to attend or use the service/facility. A private provision for children under the age of 5 years old is a day nursery. The purpose of this setting is to provide care for the children while the parents aren't there. It also gives the opportunity for the children to develop their social skills while socialising with each other. Private provisions like a day nursery usually have longer hours than a statutory provision. A statutory provision provided for children aged between 5 - 7 years is a primary school. The purpose of this setting is to educate the children using The National Curriculum. The setting also helps to develop all the child's skills and gives the opportunity to socialise with other of their age. A primary school is open for around six hours a day, usually around 9 am - 3 pm. ...read more.


Repeating confidential information through thoughtlessness can ruin years of a good reputation. D5 When preparing for placement the first thing to do is either go into your placement or ring up to introduce yourself to your supervisor. After introducing yourself you need to find out what time you'll need to be there on your first day and if you need to bring anything. Being punctual gives a good impression and being at your placement a few minutes early will show your keen and want to work hard. "It shows that you care enough about the course and the placement to get there on time." (P.Tassoni 4th edition pg 9). Also on your first day you'll have to ask and read about the setting's policies and rules. You need to prepare in what you wear and how you look too. Wearing appropriate clothing is important, you can't go into your placement with your boobs and underwear showing. It's best to wear clothes you wouldn't mind getting mess, so wearing your best clothes to placement to get covered in paint is not the best idea. Appropriate shoes is also important, you need to wear suitable comfy shoes. You can't run around after children all day wearing high heels. "Working with children is a practical occupation, not glamorous." (P.Tassoni 4th edition pg 9). You don't need to be all perfect with hair and make up for your placement. All you need to be is clean and look neat and tidy, which is what the placement expect from you. ...read more.


This could be done in a group activity where the children take it in turns to reveal what they like and dislike the most. This gives you the opportunity to learn about what the children individually like and dislike. Also it gives the opportunity for the children to learn about each other and realise that they may have things in common but also that they're different. Another way to show you understand the importance of valuing each child as an individual is to take into account different needs. For example, if a child was in a wheelchair, changes would have to be made to the environment to adapt to the child's needs. Don't exclude the child from table activities, wheel the child up to the table and make sure the table is at an accessible height. Also, make sure it's easy for the child to get around, for example, having ramps or elevators and avoiding cramp spaces and things on the floor. A* I am an auditory learner. Knowing my preferred learning style will help me as I will know what techniques to use to help me learn better. If I was to learn by any other learning style it wouldn't benefit me as much as learning by my own preferred style. Auditory learners discuss ideas verbally and participate in discussions and debates with others. Suggested ways to help auditory learners learn is to use tapes, watch television, read aloud and repeating things to yourself. Auditory learners also sound out words, say words in syllables and use rhythmic sounds to help with their work. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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