Unit 2

Knowing how to interact with and respond to children and young people.

In order to establish a professional respectful relationship, you must recognise the uniqueness of each child or young person and treat them as an individual to develop the approach that best suits their needs. Show interest and concerns to both educational and personal lives to build trust, while also encouraging independance and responsibility.

Whilst trying to establish trust and respect with a child or young person, we must also ensure that the school policies and procedures are followed for personal/physical interaction. This may be anything from touching the child or young person to using inappropriate language. Whilst following these policies and procedures, we must also establish which behaviour is necessary for the child or young persons stage of development. An example of this would be that Children in Early Years Foundation Stage need close and consistent relationships and help with personal care by a key person, whereas young people need a certain level of privacy.

Where disagreements may occur between children and young people, certain techniques must be used. Examples may be keeping calm, encouraging each child or young person involved to articulate their point of view or negotiating a compromise. However, school policy and procedures must be followed for behaviour and reporting.

A child or young persons behaviour can have an effect on their interactions. This can be used advantageously where actions promote effective behaviour. We can model positive behaviour, promote consistency, fairness, respect while having a calm approach. However, certain behaviour can have a negative impact on interactions. Showing preferences, inconsistency, anger, favouritism. Each of these can have a massive effect on a Child or Young persons self-esteem, which, in effect can have an impact on learning.

Knowing how to interact with and respond to adults.
In order to establish a...