An Introduction to working with children

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Unit 1                Hannah Ross

Unit 1 – An introduction to working with children

E1 – A Statutory sector is all the organisations that are set up and funded by the government for the public. In this instance it focuses on the types of settings which provide care and education for children that are set up by the government. An example of a setting in the statutory sector is Sure-start centres. These are children centres that provide help and support for both the child and the parent’s from the start of pregnancy until they child starts Primary school.

E2 – Sure-start centres are types of setting that aims to support both children and their families. For children they offer somewhere safe in which they can make friends and learn as they play, a chance to improve their English language if it is not their first language, but also the opportunity of services such as dentists, doctors and health services which are also offered to their family’s aswell. For parents that need extra help, they offer support by giving them access to parental classes and health classes. Also for those Parents of families out of work they support them in trying to find jobs through local jobcentres.

Voluntary clubs such as Brownies offers young girls to participate in a wide range of activities such as day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, arts and crafts, playing games and taking part in community action projects. The Guiding association aims to support the children in broadening their knowledge whilst having fun, and giving them an opportunity to socialise with others the same age as them.

'Guiding lets girls think, learn and develop without having to put up with boys trying to be the centre of attention all the time!',, 2011. This is what the guiding association means to Phillipa. Guiding clubs also provide the child’s parents to have time out from daily caring of the child which enables them to be able to catch up with other necessary tasks. It is also cheap for the parents and Voluntary clubs are run mainly on grants and donations from charities etc.

Child-minders support families by providing a method of rest bite for parents. They can care for and look after children whilst parents are at work or have important meetings. Not only does it help out the parents, it is a setting that is fun for the children as they are able to socialise with other children and are able to undertake activities such as painting, art and craft and play games. Child-minders offer basic care to both children and their families.

E3 - Every Child Matters – The Child Act 2004

The Childs Act’s biggest aim is to make the UK and even safer environment and to improve the well-being of all children. It also provides legal basis to all kinds of agencies that work with children on how they should deal with the possible issues that any child may have. The Child Act 2004 put in place any legalisation that was necessary to ensure that all of the elements from Every Child matters were enforced so that it supports all children’s basic rights.

United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child 1989

This legalisation focuses on helping to meet every child’s basic needs and allowing them to grow as a person and to reach their full potential. It enforces that children have rights as human beings and these should be respected regardless of race, colour, gender, religion etc.

E5 - It is important to value and respect all children in the setting for various reasons. Firstly, it is important to respect all children as all children needed to be treated equally in the setting. When saying this, it does not mean that they have to be treated the same but they have to be given the same opportunity. For example some children might have a difficulty in completing a task set, so to enable them to be able achieve their goal they need to be given extra help. This is still treating all children equally as they are all achieving he same goal, it just highlights that all children are different and some are not as capable as others and that all children need different care and attention. Also the children need to be treated equally as you cannot discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, colour etc.

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If these aspects are not addressed it will often have the opposite effect and result in giving a child low esteem which will make them question their own beliefs. So by not respecting and valuing the child it will give them a negative view of life and not motivate them to want to succeed so will eventually end up rebelling. For example if a child produces a piece of art that seems to be of low quality as you cannot make out what it is, you gently ask the child what they have drew rather than just letting them know ...

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