Describe How to Establish Respectful, Professional Relationships with Children and Young People

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1.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children and young people.

It is essential to establish respectful and professional relationships with children and young people in the role of Teaching Assistant. There are certain strategies which enable such a valued and trusted relationship be established. A relationship in which a child trusts and respects their TA and feels comfortable in their company, allows the TA to offer a supportive and caring environment in which the child can learn and develop.

Listening is arguably the most important way in which to establish a respectful and professional relationship with a child or young person. By a TA listening to what a child has to say, without
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For example, the child may need to be given an instruction or called across a busy playground.

Being a positive role model contributes to the building of respectful and professional relationships with children. One of the attributes of being a positive role model is politeness. Being polite conveys to the children that they are respected. Politeness can also be used as a strategy for dealing with common situations that arise in the classroom. For example, children, especially young children, often ‘tell tales’. It would be impossible for a TA to deal with all the ‘tales’ that are told during the day by numerous children. By being polite and saying ‘thank you for telling me’, the TA has shown the child that they have listened to what they have said, even if they feel that no further action needs to be taken. It will often be the case that just being listened to will satisfy the child regards to that particular ‘tale’. Politeness is especially important when you consider that children mimic the behavior of adults. If a TA is polite and respectful to the children that they work with, there is more chance that the children will be polite and respectful in return.

There are certain qualities that are useful in building valued and


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