Communication is very important to meet the needs of children, with families and other members of staff on a daily basis to ensure effective team working. It also ensures any health and safety issues are recognised and reported. People communicate with each other for different reasons; To build and maintain relationships, relationships and trust The ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people is a vital factor in working towards building relationships that may flourish and enable the gaining of confidence and trust.
As a practitioner, it is important to be patient, approachable, non-judgmental and a good listener. Open communication and a positive attitude can support the maintenance of relationships. Conflict may arise in a working relationship. It is therefore important to assess our own attitudes and values to ensure this doesn’t impact on others and challenge any arising issues in a sensitive and professional manner. To gain and share information, ideas, experiences When working together with children, families, Work-colleagues communication is important to share and gain information about children, e. allergies, sickness, etc. Keeping parents updated on their children’s progress and showing them that you know their child will make them feel respected and develop positive relationship. Regular communication, sharing ideas and information with work-colleagues will create an effective team and help us to develop professionally. To express emotions Expressing how we feel is an integral part of life. Some young children may have difficulty expressing themselves and thus show their emotions through frustration, aggression, anxiety and withdrawal. 1. EXPLAIN HOW EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AFFECTS ALL ASPECTS OF OWN WORK Communication involves in giving and receiving information both verbally and non-verbally. Effective communication is essential to building a positive relationship with children, colleagues and parents. It is important to communicate effectively to ensure that there are no misunderstandings of any kind and that a trust is formed with everyone involved. Communication should be clear so that the other person understands what you are trying to say. If communication is not clear people may feel isolated, anxious, confused, frustrated and even angry.
If people are given clear information they are more likely to understand the message that is being delivered. When communicating with children, it is important to talk at their level while maintaining eye contact and use positive body language. We must give them time to understand and absorb what is being said to them. This will make the children feel respected and develop trust and thus they will feel confident to communicate with us. The child’s learning and development will benefit if the adults in their life can communicate effectively about them. . 3 EXPLAIN WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO OBSERVE AN INDIVIDUAL’S REACTION WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH THEM Sometimes, some people are not able to communicate verbally, may be due to lack of confidence or they don’t know the language. That is why it is very important to observe their facial and body reaction so that any problems could be identified and dealt with. It is also important to observe an individual’s reaction in order to make sure the information has been understood so that you know whether you need to adjust your communication methods.
You can also recognise any communication barriers such as language difficulties, hearing difficulties, visual impairments or any physical difficulties affecting communication. Facial expressions can be a way of finding out how a child feels e. g. Sad, happy or bored face. You can also know if a child is scared, embarrassed, nervous or puzzled by looking at the expression on his face and hence it is important to develop the skill to read children by understanding their reactions.
Sometimes, expressions can have different meanings for different cultures such as making eye contacts may be inappropriate. Body language can often indicate attitudes and emotions. Clenched fists, arms crossed tightly may indicate anger or tension. If someone shrugs shoulders, it may mean they don’t agree with you. Gestures such as head and hand movements are often used by people to express or conceal feelings. A nod can suggest approval while scratching head or face may indicate impatience.