Unit 5 : The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children. E1:
First professional relationship that practitioners have, are with parents. It is really important to respect parents and also other adults despite their views. It is essential that no matter your opinion or how hard it is to pass by, that you respect their whishes. You should also show that you have the confidence to argue in a professional way, if you have a strong view that what they're suggesting or doing is wrong. We should also be able to show how important confidentiality is when it comes to the children and also, the family. With children, it is always essential to put their needs first. We need to respect the principles of confidentiality and the information given. We must also inform parents that in many circumstances the information must be shared on a 'need to know' basis. Make a commitment to meet the child's needs and putting them first, and also showing you understand that they have rights. It is also important to show how you have done this and record it. Respecting colleagues and other adults is just as important. Being able to communicate effectively with the team is important. If there is a lack of trust and communication it will be very difficult to talk to them and may affect the work and the relationships with the children, and because of this may affect the child's learning. ' Conflicts between team members often arise from poor communication - for example, an early childhood practitioner who fails to report, verbally or in writing, that a parent will be late collecting his or her child on a particular day may cause conflict if a colleague challenges the parent's conduct' (Meggitt.C, Bruce.T, Grenier.J, 2012: 218). Talking is essential for when you need to talk together to plan activities, to share informaton and to listen to each others suggestions about the work and the children. Communication can include talking, listening, reading and writing. Any written communication needs to be professionally produced. With team members, you need to be reliable and accountable, and also if something goes wrong with any children or something in the setting, it is always acccountable and important for owning up to your actions and taking responsibility for them. E2:
One issue to maintaining professional relationships with children and parents is how the parents bring up their children. It is always hard when you think differently and have your opinion on how the parents are raising their children, and sometimes you may disagree with them. But when working in a setting, the parents are always right, to an extant, and they know how they are raising their children. One thing that might affect what you think about the parent's upbringing is Physical Punishment and Emotional Abuse. A parent may neglect the child as a punishment when the child has done something wrong. They aren't given any attention, love or acceptance and it will make the child feel left out and unwanted. "They may be constantly criticised, blamed, sworn and shouted at, told that other people are better than they are and rejected by those they look to for affection" (Tassoni.P, Bulman.K, Beith.K, 2005:212) Some parents even think it's okay to tell the practitioner that they may smack or hit the child when they misbehave or do something wrong, and although the practitioner may think it is abusive in a way or wrong, they cannot say anything, as it is the parent who is the primary carer. On the other hand, if it becomes clear that the child has visible marks on the body, then confidentiality can be broken and serious action will be taken. Another issue that practitioners have to deal with with parents is the diet they put their children on. Sometimes the diet the child has is because they are either allergic, mostly to either nuts or lactose. But in some cases parents feel the need to make sure that their children do not eat meat, so that they grow up a...
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