There are many parts to the role of the practitioner when they are meeting children’s learning needs some of these are working with families spotting the areas that a child needs to development and planning to stretch the child, and allow the children to become independent. (E: part of the role of the practitioner you need to assist children in becoming aware of their care needs) Working with families,” you should always make sure that you are approachable and friendly towards all parents so that they are happy about leaving their child with you” (Tattoos, 1999, peg. 315).
This assists you in meeting children’s care deeds as the child’s primary career have a better understanding of the child. I have seen this at placement where they run parent consolation’s twice a term, and if the teacher needs to see the primary career, they arrange meeting. Being able to spot areas that a child needs to development, means that the children are able to move on with their development and be able to help others. This can include toilet training and eating without assistance. Have seen this in placement as they have regular meeting as a team to talk about their development.
By allowing the children to become independent, this helps children in the future s it will allow them to have more independence when they are out if the setting. Practitioners can do this by allowing children to make their own mistakes, as the children will learn trial and error which will assist the children in later life. A main part of the practitioner’s role in caring for children is meeting every child’s care needs by taking into consideration their individual needs and the effect that these have on the child.
This may mean that the child carries out an activity in a different way to the rest of the children to make sure that their needs are being met. The there are many ways that a practitioner can meet the care needs of children these things include: practitioners working with the children parent/ careers, spotting the areas that a child needs to development and planning to stretch the child, allow the children to become independent.
The practitioner needs to work with the children parent/ careers to have an understanding of the child and their needs as well as their interests, “parents are encouraged to feel free to voice any concerns or worries immediately, as they are familiar with staff and their children’s daily environment”(purple book, peg. , 314). This will mean that the child will interest can be used in the activities to insure that the child in engaged in the activity or experience. E: it can be hard to communicate with parents who have English as a second language and a translator may be needed in meetings to make SUre that the parents know what is going on). And make sure that the parents’ wishes are being upheld at the same time making sure that the child is being cared for. For example if the parents wish for the child to have full-fat milk instead of the semi-skimmed milk.
At placement I have seen this as they run regular meetings with parents to make ere that they have the most up to date about the children to make sure that they effectively meet the children’s care needs. Another part of the practitioner’s role in caring for children is spotting the areas that a child needs to development and planning to stretch the child, the practitioner needs to make sure that they observe the children to make sure that they are progressing in their development.
As well as spotting children’s areas of development the practitioner needs to make sure that they can spot the signs of when a child needs to move on with their development for example if a child s in nappies when they should be potty trained, these signs include the child asking when they need to go or telling you once they have been as this show that the child is becoming aware of their body and the signs that something is going to happen. I have seen and participated in this by observing the children and then planning and implementing activities that will help to support and stretch children.
Practitioner’s role also includes supporting the children in becoming independent and carrying out part of their daily routine by themselves, this will allow the children to be able to meet their own care needs as the get older and earn about their body and the ways that they can care for it. I have seen this in placement as the setting often run sessions that allow the parents to learn about the what their child is learning and the ways that they can support this at home or when they are out.
The research that I have conducted for E 1 and AY can be found in the subsection called the role of the practitioner. There are a range of strategies that can be used to develop your learning and performance. The two that I am going to look at are continual professional development (CAP) and feedback. CAP is the means that people retain their knowledge and skills, it helps to develop your strengths and weaknesses can be used as a basis to develop on the other things that may need improving.
The great thing about CAP is that it can be adapted to suit many types of learning styles, for example my learning style is audio. (E: CAP can be used to support all types of professionals in their professional development. Feedback can be used in children education as it makes them aware of the things that they need to change). CAP helps as it can be develop around a set piece of work or area of development this is a way to cake in information and use the things that you are good at to develop the skills that are inadequate.
It also means that you have to use your initiative to develop the way that you learn which will help to develop your performance and learning in more than one area. When working with other CAP is useful as it can be used so that previously learnt information and skills can be used in more than one way. At placement it can be used to research different activities that can benefit the children as well as reading and researching about the changes in legislation made by the government. Feedback about your practice is an important part of reflective practice” (Tattoos, p. G. 230, 2007). Allows you to develop your strengths and weaknesses as it feedback show the holes in your learning, for example a weakness of mine is my ability to communicate with professionals that are not linked to the classroom that I am based in this has been highlighted though my placement. Feedback helps to develop learning and performance as it encourages and influences the work that so that it is the best of your ability. ” if you listen carefully to feedback you may be able to gain information that will help you to reflect upon your practice” (Tattoos, p. G. 231, 2007). There are many places that feedback can be used this includes placement and college. If you were not to improve your own learning and performance this will mean that you will not be able to be the best possible practitioner as you will be lacking skills that are needed when working with other practitioners, parents and the children. You will also not have a realistic idea about the changes about curriculums or legislation this will put the children and staff at the setting at risk.
The planning for the activities that I have carried out is in appendix 1. The first activity that I carried out was a hand washing one and the booklet can be found in appendix 2, the second activity that I carried out was about shoe lace tying, the shoe template that I used is in appendix 3. It is important to identify the care and needs of all children so that the practitioner can help a child achieve their full ability and be healthy. Meeting children’s diverse learning needs means identifying needs, as well as developing individual goals and objectives for a child.
It is important to understand the planning stages when planning for children and have an understanding of a hill’s age and stage of development to help to increase the child’s knowledge and how to adapt an activity for a child if they are struggling or finding it too easy. Practitioner must recognize that each child is different and individuals and those children of the same age vary in their development. The practitioner need to understand that the development of a child from birth to teenager can be effected by many factors which affect development such as Growth, Love and affection, Sleep, Environment Stimulation, Medical issues and diet. E: practitioners need to understand that not all medical conditions can be seen ) In my placement all children had a key adult this is the person that runs the sessions that are tailored to their needs. This is the person that he parents will inform of any changes to the child care needs this means that the practitioner can be effective in the way that they plan for the children. It is important for the children for children to be in an established environment which meets their care needs as it helps them prepare for the future.
The environment should meet care needs for children as this will help them have a positive experience and want to return. All settings will need to consider children’s individual care needs when you are meeting these when providing a challenging environment, the provision of risk and challenge, There are many types of family units/care, some examples are the following: Single parent family, Adoptive family, Foster family, Step family, Military family and Gay and lesbian parents. Single parent family, are families with only one parent this may be due to separation or bereavement.
Adoptive families are “Adults who provide children a permanent home through a court process that once final in court names the adoptive parents as the child’s legal parents. The adoptive parents are then completely responsible for the child in all ways: legally, financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually as if the child was born to them” (http://adoption. About. Com/do/ adopting/g/ Adoptive-parents. HTML, 2015). Foster family is a family that looks after a child this may be short or long term, the local authority is responsible for these children. Step family, a family made up of one biological parent and their new partner.
Military families are when a one or both are in the armed forces. Gay and lesbian parents are parents that are of the same sexual orientation. E: all family types are acceptable and practitioners should not make a certain family feel uncomfortable). There are many things that may happen to a family over the years and there a variety of setting that can support them through their difficulties, these difficulties can include Financial Difficulties, Unemployment, Divorce and separation, Caring for other family members / long term illnesses, Bereavement and social isolation.
The effects of these are as follows: Financial Difficulties: Cannot afford food or clothes, Poverty, poor health and depression, Poor housing, Unemployment: Depression, Changing jobs / Mother working, Loss of child care Separation of child from mother Divorce and separation: Lower income, Smaller housing / cramped conditions, Living in a new area – no friends, etc. Caring for other family members or long term illnesses: Elderly relatives, regular hospital visits.
Bereavement: Emotional strain, Dealing with grief, Social isolation, No communication There are many settings all of which have they own ways that they run and funded these include statutory, voluntary, private and independent settings. Statutory setting include: Primary school. Voluntary setting: Guides, Brownies, cubs, scouts. Private settings: Child- minders, day nursery, residential camps. I have seen many of these provisions due to my educational upbringing The research that I have carried out can be found in the section named the provision of care for children within families and society in a range of settings.
E: the research that I have carried out about the different sector can be found in the section called the differing role of statutory, private, voluntary and independent settings. There are many setting that provide provision who have their own regulations and have advantages and disadvantages to attending them. E:all provisions meet the care needs of children, and they need to understand that some children may have specific needs. ) The private setting which main goal is to make a profit, some of these setting provide an education for children or as an additional support e. . After school clubs. These settings “are legally required to be registered and inspected” (Bruce & Megabit, 2002, peg. 503). The advantages of this sector is that they choose whether they are going to follow the national curriculum, this means that they can adapt the teaching that they provide to who they have on their teaching staff ND the expert experiences, e. G. A teacher can have a back ground in fashion design sop they will teach textiles or fashion.
The disadvantages of this sector is that parents have to pay for this supervision for their child, this makes them secluded in the children that attend these setting as they may not come from such diverse background with different experience’s. Statutory settings are funded by the government ” the settings that are provided are set by laws passed in parliament”( Bruce & Megabit ,2002,peg 502)and have to follow the governments led education systems, the children that attend these eating are aged 5-16 unless they go into post 16 education, (College or sixth form).
The benefits of attending a statutory setting is that it is government funded and means that it Help your community, Working atmosphere is slightly more relaxed then the public settings, as a practitioner you can work less and earn more, they run training schemes and you can pay in the government’s pension scheme. The disadvantages attending a statutory setting is that there is less flexibility and means that it can be hard for parents to find provisions to look after their children, the government control everything which can make it hard if wings need to be addressed.
Voluntary settings have no funding from the government “some charities receive government grants” (Bruce & Megabit, 2002, peg. , 503) the funding they receive is only through the community and their donation. These settings support children by providing them with opportunities to play and have social interaction with children from other communities. The advantages of attending a voluntary setting are that they are before they attend a primary school, as it allows them to play and interact with other children and get use to their parent/ careers leaving them.
The disadvantages of attending a voluntary setting is that as they are based on contributions this means that some time they cannot have all of the resources that they need. Independent settings are those that are independent in its finances like the voluntary sector however these are also independent in their governance, this means that they are not dependent upon the local or national government for finance, they are reliant on combination of tuition charges, donations, and in some cases the investments.
These settings are governed by a board of directors which are sometimes called governors which are elected by the parents from the eating. The main advantages of attending an independent smaller class sizes, which means that children get more attention to smaller details it also means that they are motivated and allows more time for behavior management, practitioner are given longer holidays, and gives them freedom from the national curriculum .
The main disadvantages of attending an independent setting are that the practitioners have to work longer hours, as they may need to run after-school clubs, lunch duties. Parents have higher expectations; there is competition between schools for students, and a lack of consultation. E: the research that I have carried out for E and CLC can be found in the section called the main regulations that govern the work of different settings. There are many regulations that govern the care of children in different types of settings.
A few examples that I have researched include Offset, Early Year Foundation Stage (EYES) and legislation. (E:AIl regulations are there to assist the practitioner in meeting care needs of children. ) Offset is a regulatory board, which is independent but have to report to the government about their findings. “from September 2001 Offset has assumed the accessibility for regulating all child care & Megabit , 2002,page) They set the guidelines on children’s care and the provisions which are supplied. Eve seen Offset’s input and the work they do in placement however the majority of my knowledge about Offset comes from my own educational experiences. Early Year Foundation Stage (FEES) ‘the Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning , development and care of children from birth to five years old” ( http://www. Foundation’s. Org. UK/fees-statutory-framework/). Have had experience with the old version of this framework but I have searched the 2014 version, and the changes that have been made.
Children Act 2004 is a legislation which mains point is that the welfare and safeguarding of children is paramount, and is the responsibility of everybody “the Children’s Act 2004 is designed to ensure that different services for children and young people work together effectively” (Tattoos, p. peg. 116, child care and education level 3, 2007) This legislation puts restrictions in place about the provision of care that a practitioner can provide. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a legislation that insures the safety of hillier that attend the setting as it sets regulations that need to be met.
I have seen this in practice as each day the site team run checks to make sure that equipment meets regulations. Data Protection Act (1998) is the legislation that make sure that the information that is gather about the child and family stay confidential this can only be breached if there is concern about a child and their family. I have seen the data protection act used in placement as personal computers and cameras are not used to record children’s information. This means that the information is kept in the school system.
Legislation plays a major role on working practice in all settings but the primary aim is to safeguard and protects children and their families. Legislation, works with setting policies and procedures this means that each setting should have, Child protection policies, Health and safety, Equal opportunities, Behavior management, Special educational needs and Working with parents. The health and safety of the children in any setting is vital, and that all parents/guardians leave several contact telephone numbers so that they can be contacted immediately and their child can be picked up.
In setting there needs to be at least one member of staff that has a first aid certificate that is up to date. It is the responsibility of the head of the setting to make sure that staff have the necessary training to put policies into practice including, first aid training, basic food hygiene the use of safety equipment The Children Act 2004 introduced a new duty to co-operate at a strategic level with local authorities, Primary Care Trusts and children’s services.
The act is to protect children and promote the welfare and wellbeing of children. The main points are being healthy, they are enjoying physical and mental health and living have a healthy lifestyle. Insure that children are staying safe this means that they are being protected from harm and neglect Making sure that children are enjoying and Achieving, and developing the skills that they will need in adulthood. That the children are involved in community and society and make sure that they are not engaging in anti-social or offending behavior.
The research that I have carried out for E and Bal can be found in the section named working in multi professional teams to support the care of children. As practitioner a main part of your role is working with other practitioners to do this you need to have the correct skill base to make sure that you can work successfully these aspects of team work and include: Empathy “is about the ability to see something from another person’s point of view’ (Tattoos, p. peg. 349, 2007).
Interpersonal skills means that you know how to communicate and respond to others, have good relationships with parents, children and colleagues Interest means that you are willing to attending training, reading articles, maintain interest in the job Flexibility and openness means that you are willing o change things to attend meeting and that you share your opinion. Reliability means that the person can be counted on all the time. Emotional stability which means that they do not become involved as this can cloud their judgment.
Bal : The multi professional approach allows professionals to share knowledge about a families needs so that the parents don’t have to ask the same questions over and over again. The professionals are aware of each other’s roles in supporting the family. It is important that each agency communicates well. Communication is very important tool for practitioners and multi-agency teams and it is important that they communicate well. There are many ways for practitioners to communicate this can be through Notice boards – quick references, bullet points.
Diary boards – dates of meetings, report deadlines, Letters, Emails, Phone calls and Team meetings – progress meetings, committee meetings. When using written communication this needs to be concise as to what is required. The multi-agency approach also holds regular meeting and the following outlines how to hold clear meetings. When arranging mufti-agency meeting is important to set objectives this means that the meetings can be more focused. Assign meeting preparation make sure that all participants something to prepare for the meeting .
Assign Action Items by make sure that all areas are discussed and have a way to act so that it can be dealt with as soon as possible. Use visual aids for interest and have a large agenda at the front so members can refer to it. Hold the meeting in different places to accommodate different members. Make sure that everyone knows where and when the meeting will be held.