Unit 8: Caring for Children

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The role of the practitioner is not just about keeping children safe and happy; it is about helping them develop to meet their full potential. It is essential that practitioners are able to observe and assess the children's progress to inform plans and report back to parents and other professionals. (archive.excellencegateway.org.uk - 28/11/12 Appendix 1)
As a childcare practitioner it is important to have an understanding of child development and have the appropriate training in order to meet the individual needs of the children. By understanding child develop practitioners will understand which activities will help children to develop as well as supporting them in doing this. It is important to meet their day to day needs such as
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Celebrating diversity allows everyone to feel welcomed into the setting and feel valued and respected.
The way children are cared for has changed dramatically over the years; this is due to the change in family structure. The traditional nuclear family includes two parents taking responsibility of the care of their biological children; this traditional family structure has changed due to divorce, separation and death. Reconstituted families include adults and children who have previously been part of another family. The children will have step siblings and any other children born into the family will be known as half siblings. A single parent family is a family where the mother or father is taking care of the children alone. Children who cannot be cared for by their biological parents tend to live in adoptive or foster families. (Beaver, M. Brewster, J. Jones, P. Neaum, S. Tallack, J. 2002 Appendix 8) An extended family includes parents, children and other relatives, in this family the whole family care for the children. A homosexual family is when children live with one natural parent and a same sex parents. (Tassoni et al 2007 Appendix 9)
As a childcare practitioner it is vital to be aware of the different family structures and have a non-judgemental attitude towards each family. Each family structure is different yet they still care for their children in the same way by providing love,


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