Communications with Young People and Adults

Assignment 301

Good relationships are really important for our wellbeing. Humans have evolved as social animals, so we have a deep, natural need to connect with other people and to belong to a social group. It is important to have a positive relationship with children and young adults because if they feel comfortable and secure with the adult and their school they will separate more easily from their parent/carer, if they feel emotionally secure they are more likely to participate in the play and learning activities. Children need to have a strong relationship with the staff to feel comfortable and secure this will help them to enjoy themselves and less likely to show unwanted behaviour. A strong relationship is also needed so that the staff knows the child they know where they sit on a development chart and can plan activities that the child will enjoy and be interested in and will develop from.
One of the most important ways to build a relationship is communications whether it is smiling and cooing to a new born baby or having a discussion with a young adult effective communication is a must. The way to build relationships with children changes according to their age, for babies it is essential to form an ‘attachment’ or special bond. With babies and small children physical contact helps build a strong relationship they enjoy being held and cuddled this will help a child feel wanted and reassured, body language is also important a baby needs eye contact and to be responded to quickly, they tune into a human face and can recognise when an adult is enjoying being with them. An older child will look at your face to gage your reaction to things they do they can often work out whether you are happy or cross with them by doing this; they will still need physical contact but not as much as a baby. From around 3 many children become more confident around people they do not know well and find it easier to be separated from their parent/carer they enjoy being with...