Communication and Pofessional Relationships with Children, Young People and Aduts

Outcome 1
Know how to interact with and respond to children and young people.
The learner can:
1.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people.

There are many ways in which you can establish relationships with children and young adults. Effective communication is the key to building a sound relationship. Listening to children, and finding out what their needs are, will help you to gain their trust – encouraging them to open up and be confident around you. You shouldn’t rush them- always give them time to think about what they are going to say if asked a question. Whenever possible, getting down to their eye level and making eye contact is also very important.
You should always use boundaries and encourage good behaviour. Most importantly, being approachable, friendly and happy are crucial when trying to build a relationship with a young person or child.

1.2 Describe with examples how to behave appropriately for a child or young person’s stage of development

Children of Foundation and Key Stage 1 ages: With younger children, you would have to simplify language and use basic, clear and concise instructions. Using Makaton is a good way of encouraging children who aren’t so confident with speech or writing to join in using their hands.
A lot of praise is needed in order to help build their confidence, as well as using a softer tone to help them feel safe around you. Learning through play is crucial in building social skills and develops speech amongst the younger children.

Children of Key Stage 2 ages: As the children get slightly older, more rules and boundaries need to be put into place. Children like to push these boundaries, but as long as you are always leading by example, and putting in the correct amount of discipline, with incentives and praise, things should become a lot easier. Being approachable and friendly with children of all ages is crucial.
As children get older, things don’t have to...