Tda 2.16

Katie Wallis
1 1.1, 1.2
It is important when building relationships with children and young people that you follow national and the schools own policies and legislation. This will protect both you and the child. These include –
Human rights act
Child protection
Data protection act
Anti – discrimination practice
Anti- bias relationships
It is important to work in a happy and stable environment for the child. It is an adult’s job to make a child feel safe and happy. Children who feel equal in a relationship will also feel valid and it helps build relationships and trust. You must adapt your behaviour with different stages of a young person/child’s level of development and needs. For example if you say “no” to a toddler all the time the word has no effect, by guiding the toddler to do the right thing it becomes more affective. Giving an older child choice in day to day life you are gaining their trust and helping with their confidence. A young child will need physical contact, such as a cuddle when they are upset. You should not push a young child’s affections away, this could damage their confidence. Were as a young person may not need so much reassurance physically. You must maintain a professional distance when dealing with an older child. For instance they should not be cuddled and cannot sit on your lap. You should verbally try to make them feel better and reassured.
It should be the adult who changes their behaviour to maintain a professional relationship and not the child. A baby will not respond in the same way as a young person so you need to adapt your behaviour.

There will be many times in day to day life when a child has a disagreement with another child. Sometimes it will be in the classroom or in the playground and at lunch time. You must treat every individual child and scenario with empathy and professionalism. A common disagreement I face at play times is when a child gets left out in a game....