1.1 Explain Why Positive Relationships with Children and Young People Are Important and How These Are Built and Maintained.

The quality of relationships that practitioners have with children and young people has a huge effect on the way in which they can work with them. Positive relationships with children and young people are important because:  
• When children and young people feel comfortable with practitioners they can separate more easily from their parents.
• Children and young people are more likely to participate in the play and learning activities if they are secure emotionally.
• When children and young people have strong relationships, they are less likely to show unwanted behaviour as practitioners can recognise and meet their needs.
• Children and young people’s language develops more quickly if they feel confident talking to practitioners.
• Practitioners can plan more accurately as they understand child or young person’s developmental needs and know their interests.
• Practitioners are able to respond to children and young people more effectively because they can recognise their expressions and emotions.
Positive relationships are important with children and young people because it helps them to develop their own independence, it helps build their self esteem and the children and young people will feel confident, secure and are able to trust the relationship with adults who care for them. Positive relationships with children and young people are built by effective communication. Within my work setting, appropriate communication such as PECS are used where possible, to allow the young people to communicate effectively. A consistent and fair attitude should be maintained through the work settings boundaries, and by not breaking them this shows consistency at all times. Positive relationships with children and young people are maintained by being comforting and reassuring towards the children and young people, developing rules for them to follow, being responsive and respectful to their individual needs, likes and dislikes and adapting own behaviour to the child or...