Tda 2.3 Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

TDA 2.3   Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

Task 1   - Children and young people

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

It is essential to establish a respectful and professional relationship with children and young people as a teaching assistant. There needs to be trust on both sides and a child should feel comfortable.
  *     Be approachable and stay calm at all times.
  *     Be honest with the child and try to stay positive.
  *     Listening is one of the most important ways to establish an important relationship with a child or young person. Listening to what a child has to say without interruption, shows the child that you're interested in what they have to say and that their views and opinions are valued and respected. Keep eye contact with them too.
  *     Make sure you communicate clearly and adapt the way you speak to the age of the young person and also, the situation.
  *   Use body language and facial expressions.
  *   Encourage them to ask questions and put their ideas forward

1.2- How to behave appropriately for a child or young person’s stage of development?
It is important that when you are communicating with children you take into account their stage of development intellectual, linguistic and emotional. These will help you to adapt your level of communication, body language and gestures to their needs and serving them better.
E.G. Pupils in foundation stage and KS1 – ages 4 to 6
These children are still very young and are still developing their communication skills. They need to have clear instructions and you should check that they understand fully. Ask, re-phrase and get them involved in the conversation, offer praise and show that you are paying attention   to what they are doing/saying using verbal or non verbal actions (eye contact, nodding, smiling).At this age children still need immediate...