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Unit 8 Essay on caring for children

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´╗┐Emma Farrell Pin- 10/693693 468.000 Unit 8- Caring for Children [E1] One method in which contributes to the role of practitioner in caring for a child is training and development. One training course in which the practitioner could enrol on is a Food hygiene course. Contributing in a food hygiene course will give the practitioner knowledge and experience in the correct methods and procedures to the correct preparation in providing healthy meals and snacks for children. An example of what could be learnt from a food hygiene course is the different types of foods and which type of food has to be prepared on different coloured boards. For example fruit and vegetables are to be prepared on a green board and fish is to be prepared on a blue board. Another suitable training course in which the practitioner could enrol in a first aid course, a first aid course would give the practitioner knowledge and understanding of basic first aid skills which may be needed to use in practice. For example if your setting was based around a Forest school approach, children are encouraged to take suitable risks and challenge; therefore children may have accidents such as a grazed knee. From contributing in the first aid course the practitioner will have knowledge of the correct and safest procedure to take when cleaning the wound. Another role of the practitioner is to meet the individual needs of the children. One need in which the child will have is their individual routines. Each child is different and unique and therefore will have their own routine. For example a child aged 12 months may have two sleeps throughout the day and one 6 ounce bottle of cow?s milk in the afternoon after a snack. However another child aged 12 months may only have one longer sleep throughout the day and only eat solid foods. Each child is different and the practitioner should have full knowledge and understanding of their key worker children routines and development. ...read more.


Most common statutory settings in society are services which provide health, education and the welfare of the child. An example of a statutory health setting is a doctors, this is because this setting has to be provided by law to maintain the health and wellbeing of society. An example of an education setting is a primary school. This is a statutory setting because children aged between 5- 18 years legally have to attend education. Therefore children aged 5-11 are in primary education so a primary school must be provided by law. An example of a setting which protects the welfare of children is social services, this setting has to be provided by law to support and protect the welfare of children and their families. The role of voluntary settings is national and local organisations that depend upon donations from the public to meet the learning and care needs of children and their families. These settings are run by volunteers, and the setting does not run to make a profit, and profit the setting may make will entirely go to further learning development. According to Tassoni ?A good example of this is the Pre-school Alliance. The pre-school alliance is a registered charity whose aim is to promote education but as well as receiving funds from local authorities?. This reflects upon the suggestion that voluntary setting are more complex to run rather than a private setting. However the role of a private setting has some similarities and differences to a voluntary setting. A private setting is a business that makes a profit. For example a day nursery, the nursery may accommodate children aged from 0-5, accommodating up to 50 children. All fees in which parents pay to ensure the practitioners meet the care needs of children are profitable for the business. However some profits in which the settings make will be put back into the business, for example buying new equipment. ...read more.


Hair should be cared for to prevent the spread of head lice. However the practitioner has to vary the method of the individual care for hair. For example a black African/ Caribbean child has got afro hair; the care of this hair will be different from the care of a British child. This is because the black African child may not have their hair washed instead they have special oil applied to their hair daily and the British child may have their hair washed and combed daily. However the practitioner should show effective communication with the parents to respect the parent?s and cultural wishes. Another physical hygiene routine which contributes to children?s care needs is the care of children?s skin. It is important for children of all ages to wash hands to remove any bacteria which can cause illness. It is very important for the practitioner to encourage self-independence by encouraging the children to wash hands before meals and after going to the toilet. The practitioner could include this care need in the child?s daily routine. For example in a reception class in a Key Stage One setting, the classroom teacher would include hand washing before lunch and before snacks before eating and the teacher would also observe children after visiting the toilet to ensure they have washed their hands. However the range of care will vary for every individual child from the personal preference of the family and any conditions the child may have. For example a child has Eczema; the family may wish the child has special creams and treatments applied throughout the day. If personal hygiene routines are not respected and treated throughout the day it may cause rashes on the skin, sore/ irritably areas, pale, flushed or clammy skin, head lice. If personal care needs are not being met this is seen as neglect and as a practitioner it is important to record and report and suspicions or finding immediately. The childcare practitioner should also provide relevant and appropriate equipment to encourage physical care for children both at home and in a childcare setting. ...read more.

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