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Level 3 childcare, unit 5. The practitioner has an important role in maintaining professional relationships with children and adults

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´╗┐Unit 5 Assignment E1 The practitioner has an important role in maintaining professional relationships with children and adults. They have the responsibility to respect confidentiality by not discussing individual children with people other than the parents and carers of that child. Information given by parents/carers to the practitioners should not be passed on to anyone, but health professionals such as social workers, education, Early Years, youth work, police and youth justice may need to be contacted depending on the issue of the child. Practitioners have the responsibility to follow the settings policies and procedures and making sure all the children are safe and secure at all times. If a child has an accident this needs to be recorded straight away into the accident book. The practitioner should think about the child?s safety and development by providing age appropriate activities and equipment for the children. Every childcare setting has the responsibility to follow laws and legislations such as the Data protection Act 1998 (keeping children?s records safe, and only allowing people with authorised access to view the child?s files etc. ), Childcare Act 2006, and Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 (risk assessments). Practitioners have the important role in maintaining professional relationships by working together in an effective team, sharing common values and beliefs and working towards the same set of guidance and principles. Good team work also includes talking to staff and giving them advice on how they can improve their own practice, sharing information on a child such as allergies, planning and preparing activities and listening and following instructions. Practitioners should understand their responsibilities and be committed in meeting the needs of children such as carrying out observations and proving activities to promote a child?s development. Professional practice also includes developing relationships with parents and respecting their views. Developing partnerships with parents encourages mutual respect which will positively contribute to a child?s experience in an early years setting, leading to good outcomes for both the child and the family. ...read more.


By valuing children?s interests it helps the child and the practitioners to see him or herself as someone who makes a difference. It is important that we give children as many opportunities as we can to try new activities so they can express an interest in someone new such as sport and use their talents. If a child your child brings over a picture or something they have done or created we should discuss it and show you value it. Children?s confidence in their own abilities and development will only grow if we show an interest in their achievements, however small they may seem to you. It is also importance we listen to children as it exercises their brain. It increases their leadership skills and increases their motivation. If a child's idea is ignored, it might decrease their motivation thinking that no one thinks that their idea is importance. We should also ask children what they would like to do on some days as this will increase self-esteem as the children will feel they have a say in what they do as well. D1 Reflecting improves our own performance as it gives up time to stop and think about what has happened, what is happening and what should happen next. Reflection is essential in providing high quality professional practice. Reflection improves our skills and techniques in working with children and families and improves our ability to communicate with other members of the team. By reflecting it helps us to understand how our own experiences and beliefs influence work. If we share reflections with other members of the team it can help us to develop more effective strategies and listen to ideas on how you could improve your own practice and what others think are going well and what isn?t going so well in your practice, this is all important in improving communication and making sure the children are taught in the best possible way. ...read more.


The Forest Schools concept established in Denmark for pre-school children (less than seven years). Denmark has a similar climate to ours in the UK and it is becoming increasingly recognised that this ?outdoor? approach to play and learning can have a huge impact on the normal development of children. In 1995 they were introduced into the UK by Bridgewater College. Since then, the Forest School has been developing rapidly within England, Wales and Scotland. Organisations such as the National Trust, Forestry Commission and Wildlife Trusts, have eagerly taken on this initiative and offer it to schools visiting their sites. ?In many other areas, local education authorities have begun training teachers to operate small-scale activities within the school grounds, before encouraging them to move into nearby woodland or open areas to give children a wider experience.? http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/becoming-involved-forest-schools-3928 (20/05/2012). Forest schools run for about 36 weeks, going into woods in all weathers (except high winds) Forest schools are great because they have demonstrated success with children of all ages by giving children opportunities to learn about the natural environment, learn how to handle risks and most importantly use their own imitative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Forest schools provide children with full sized tools, play, learn boundaries of behaviour in both social and physical, as well as developing children?s confidence and self-esteem and becoming self-motivated. The main aims of a forest school are to develop a child?s self-awareness and self-regulation and intrinsically motivate them. The other main aims are to develop a positive mental attitude, encourage independence and build confidence and self-esteem. Forest schools- how good they are, how they support practice within early years settings E.g. learn nature and social development. discuss the main elements of the imitative, How helps a childs development What are your opinions on it? Good bad Important of role In childcare How you?re imitative can help in future learning for children Have you seen it in your experiences in your setting ? A1 Evaluate how current research can support practitioner?s professional practice Foundation phase- all play, next stage all work Evaluate are placements doing that now ...read more.

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