Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults.

1.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people.

To establish respectful and professional relationships with children and young people it is important to look at how adults expect and like to be treated. Children and young people have just the same needs as adults in terms of them wanting to be listened to when talking, showing an understanding and using language they understand. It is also respectful to use facial expressions such as smiling, good eye contact as this encourages the child or young person that you are giving them your full attention where possible.
Gaining the respect of a child or young person plays a vital part in order to have a successful professional relationship with them, but at the same time the respect has to mutual, so it is important as an adult that you show respect to them, make them feel secure and their opinions are valued, showing consistency and fairness to all of the children.

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

Examples of different stages are:

Pupils in foundation stage and Key Stage 1 – Children at this particular age are still developing their communication and vocabulary skills so it is very important to give short precise instructions to them and use language that they will understand. Being clear and talking to them at their level is important as this will make them not feel intimidated. It is important to use lots of praises and give support and encouragement to them, this will help them feel more settled and secure in their surroundings. Children at this stage of development struggle to concentrate for long periods of time so short tasks are more acceptable for this age, as they tire quickly and get irritable. Being friendly, happy and using lots of facial expressions are important to them as they need that positive behaviour from adults to help establish trust.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 –...