Childcare Level 3

SHC 31
An identification of the different reasons people communicate

There are many reasons why people communicate. In order to get along with other people within our society we need to be able to communicate with each other. Here are some examples of why we communicate:

    • To build relationships – when we first meet someone we usually start that relationship with some form of communication, either by saying ‘hello’ or waving or some other gesture.

    • To maintain a relationship – once we get past the initial communication we then begin to communicate in order to maintain that relationship. For example, waving to someone you know, or asking a colleague if they enjoyed their holiday.

    • To share information/ideas/thoughts – we need to communicate to be able to share information, ideas and thoughts with each other. This is especially important in the childcare sector as it is vital that we share information effectively. As creative beings we want to be able to share our ideas and thoughts, and in our line of work we need to be able to share creative ideas in order to meet the needs of the children.

    • To get/give reassurance or acknowledgement – We use communication to let people know if we are happy or unhappy about something. We also use it to comfort and reassure, and to praise someone for good things they have done.

    • To express needs/feelings – communication is very important when it comes to letting someone else know how we are feeling or what we need from a situation. It can be very frustrating for children while they are learning about communication because they can’t always express themselves easily, so we need to bear this in mind and be patient when children are trying to explain things to us.

It is vital that, as childcare practitioners, we understand the need for effective communication. In the world of childcare it is very important for us to be able to communicate effectively....