Young Children Interaction

1. Know how to interact with and respond to children and young people
      2.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people

In order to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people it is necessary change the way you talk to them and behave in front of them if you compare it to the way you would interact with adults, try always to have positive body language.
This can be done by making them feel secure and important to you and remember their names correctly. This must be done with rules that are clear to the young person so that you can establish a common ground. There must be mutual respect between the parties. Try to find out what is important to them and talk with them about it but don’t make them feel that they can demand your attention whenever they need it. It is important to listen to them as this shows them that their thoughts are valued and that they are being understood. Do not go on first impressions and always ask for explanations of their actions, try to see things from their point of view

      2.2 Describe with examples how to behave appropriately for a child or young person’s stage of development

Children are all different and they mature at different rates which will influence the ways and means of communicating with them.   Such things as concentration span, vocabulary, emotional needs and circumstances must be taken into account. For all stages it is important to remain calm avoiding raising your voice and show encouragement at all opportunities.
Very young children, reception and KS1, have limited speaking skills and short attention. Adults should not stand over them as this can be intimidating so crouch down to their level. They often need to be reminded a lot about listening and letting others speak by giving turns. Ask them to repeat things so that you can find out if they understand.
When they get older and move up to KS2 they may be starting to...