Explain how own practice can affect the development of children: My role as a nursery teacher at Zeeba Daycare can have a very big impact on the development of children in my classroom. It is well known that children often observe what others do and many times will imitate actions they have observed, so it is very important that I set a good example and be a good role model as I could set a good foundation for the development of a child’s behaviour and morals.
It is important to teach children that all people are important and valuable, no matter what their gender, race, ability or background is and that it is important to respect and support others that are different to us. Therefore I can affect their development in many good ways by giving them a good example to follow. It is very essential that any person working with children and young people has an absolute duty to safeguard and protect children/young people from harm at all times, even if this means breaking confidences by sharing information in order to protect a child and dealing with the very difficult situations that can arise.
It is very important to know and understand the policies and procedures that are in place to ensure that you know who to report to if there is early intervention required or a serious case should arise and the different procedures to follow. Working with children/young people I need to be confident and competent in providing all necessary aspects of care at all times. This gives confidence to the child/young person and their parents.
I have to make sure that my behaviour, relationships with children/parents/staff, language as well as materials, resources and activities are appropriate for the children in our classroom. Using inappropriate resources for a child’s age and activities that are not suited for them might discourage a child or potentially harm that child (physically or mentally) as they grow and affect their development in a negative way.
As a child carer I need to be able to understand which activities will help children develop appropriately as well as being able to support children in a range of different situations. E. g. If I set out an activity with balancing beams in a classroom where there are babies between the ages of 8 – 15 months, I could risk the chance that many of the children will fall down, injure themselves or possible refuse to participate in the activity in the future as they could be frightened of it. I need to be aware that children of this age would normally be crawling/ walking or just learning ow to walk would be better suited to be using balancing blocks instead where a carer could easily give better support and encouragement with such an activity. I have to be able to respect their abilities and individual children’s personal needs. As a child carer it is important to understand that every child develops at their own pace and in their own unique ways. Having a good understanding of child development is essential to be able to plan, prepare activities for and promote every child’s individual development and to ensure the best possible outcome for each child.
Understanding the Early Years Foundation Stage is very important for good practice at work, if I do not provide a good practice at work then the children will not be developing appropriately. It is important to record written observations, assessments and take photographic evidence of each individual child and to update their learning journeys to monitor a child’s progress and development throughout their time at nursery.
I need to do risk assessments, and check lists to ensure the environment I provide for the children to play and learn in is safe at all times too. By following a child’s development I will be able to plan, prepare and adapt activities that not only meet their needs but also challenge them when doing an activity. Children need to be challenged, if the activity that is set out for them is to easy they will quickly become bored and on some occasions some children could become disruptive too.
As a child carer it is very important to speak to children in a calm tone and use simple sentences, we should never raise our voices as the child is less likely to ask questions as they could be scared of being shouted at. I need to gain children’s trust and respect to be able to provide best developmental opportunities for them that is why children are assigned a key worker to ensure warm and mutual relationships can be built and developing good relationships with both the child and their parents.
It is very essential to use appropriate language (I must always address the children and the adults politely and using the correct terms, we often speak to children in their home languages too if it is other than English). We also use communication books to for each child, this makes it easy for parents/ carers to communicate messages to a child’s key worker and to inform them of their child’s daily activities at nursery. This helps to build a good positive relationship with parents/carers and also offers us the opportunity to include parents in the further development f their child at home too. (Parents and practitioners can have a lot to learn from each other). Understanding the EYFS is essential as my observations and reports about children have to be accurate and objective to avoid bias and show a full ‘map’ of child’s development in all the different areas. I have to make sure that my observations are always a true record of what is taking place (e. g. tempting to add something what may make more interesting will affect child’s future development. ) E. g.
If during observation I would note that child is able to recognize all the colours or can write their name and it’s not true, as in fact child knows just three colours and its able to write only first letter of the name I will affect child’s communication and cognitive development therefore the next set goals for the child might be too high and child will struggle to achieve their full potential. By following good practice I ensure that children at my nursery are happy and are developing well, I know according to the EYFS where my children will need support and be able to set out a development plan appropriate for each child.
Children will grow to be confident to participate in activities and not scared to explore their environments. I will also grow better as a child carer by following our policies and procedures and ensuring that all my children’s needs, including nutritional, cognitive, physical,etc, are met while they are at our nursery throughout the day. 4. Explain how agencies, institutions and services can affect the development of children and young people: These services are provided by public agencies and private organizations for children who are found to be eligible for these services after a developmental evaluation.
There are a lot of interventions that can promote a more positive outcome on a child/young person’s development. The importance on early intervention is vital in the child’s development to enable them to reach their full potential. Speech and language is important for communication and can help children overcome most of their problems. By helping children gain the ability to use language can also help children gain confidence and self esteem.
I have seen this in my setting with children who’s language and communication is not as developed as other children, they quickly get frustrated and sometimes even display disruptive/aggressive behaviour as they cannot communicate their feelings or needs. Communication is one of the most important forms needed to best express ourselves therefore it is important to be able to get children the best help they need as soon and as fast as you can to ensure they can lead a better, happier life. Below is a list of different a services and agencies that are available to aid children in need of early intervention.
The Senco in an educational setting give support to children and families with special needs this person/s is also responsible for identification of special needs. Additional learning support staff works within and outside schools providing a range of services to help children who have certain specific educational needs. This might include people like teaching assistants or advisors to provide support and train staff. Youth justice this is based on children with behavioural problems these people will work with them and social workers to help them.
Social workers are there to help vulnerable children and young people and their families this might include children on the child protection register or disabled children. Psychologist is a professional who helps support children who have learning or behavioural difficulties. They provide teachers and practitioners with aimed support programmes for that child once they have identified the child’s needs. A specialist nurse provides support for the family and child especially if that child suffers from medical conditions that need specialist care also health visitors come under this title for measuring and assessing a child’s development .
A psychiatrists is a doctor who is trained in mental health problems this person works alongside other professionals to help diagnose or support children and young people with mental health problems. Physiotherapist this professional help children with their movement especially those who have little or no movement they are trained to get the maximum movement and skill level. Referrals can take the shape of common assessment form which are filled in then in my setting passed upstairs to the health visitor, speech therapist or other health professionals that are required after being checked by the senco in the room.
Speech and language therapists also have their own referral forms which will be filled in and checked by the senco before being passed to the speech and language therapists. Early years action plans and plus plans are filled out and passed to the senco who will then speak to an education psychologist. With primary and secondary schools they also have school action plans which will be run through their senco and the school run individual learning plans. The importance of early intervention of speech, language and communication delays/disorders and potential risks of late recognition.
Some children in different settings or nurseries have language and communication delays. Before the programmes were put into place to support their speech and language development . They showed signs of frustration at not being able to express themselves, sometimes this came in the shape of aggressive behaviour. These children felt isolated and didn’t want to participate in group activities or play with any other children, they had little confidence and self esteem.
Some of the children didn’t speak at all, others had medical problems which were identified and treated, one child was tongue tied so couldn’t say or pronounce their sounds and words. This effects their social, emotional and cognitive development. Having language and communication skills allows children to be able to think, to control their behaviour, and express themselves, to process new information. Language also is the key to literacy, without a good skill level, children will find it hard also to read and write as they find it difficult to understand the letter sounds and shapes.
It is very important to be able to identify if a child needs help as these different agencies are there to help children develop to their best potential. The earlier they can positively intervene the better it is for the child’s chances to change and be able to lead a normal happy life. If those needs are not met that child might also suffer bullying from other children, difficulties accessing the curriculum and therefore not achieving their full potential at their setting or school, they can become bored/disaffected and suffer many emotional and social setbacks.