TDA 2.3: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people & adults.
1.1 Describe how to establish respectful, professional relationships with children & young people. From the offset, I believe that by introducing yourself with a title and surname, a level of respect is obtained. This can also be continued with the other teachers by allowing the children to hear your title & surname being used by them. Encourage correct manners to be used by ‘treating others in a way that you expect to be treated’. Always allow the children to hear “please” and “thank you” being used which will show continued respect between all children and other adults. Always kneel down, or sit along the side the child to talk to them on a one to one basis. This allows the conversation to become more personal leading to a greater trusting relationship with the child, but always be careful to ensure appropriate visual contact with other adults in the setting to adhere to safeguarding regulations. The Code of Conduct belonging to Sherdley Primary School is provided by St Helens Council and is for all schools in the St Helens district. The purpose of the Code of Conduct (CoC) document is to outline the Standards of Conduct expected from all employees in compliance with the school. The CoC sets out the rules but after spending some time with the Deputy Head on my day in school, I enquired about certain rules within the Sherdley school gates: Are there any rules on teachers/TA’s being related to children? General recommendation is that TAs, Middays and teaching staff do not work directly in the same learning environment as their child. Mrs Hinds (the Reception teacher I am working alongside) has her grandson in Reception, but is in the opposite class. At Sherdley Primary, there are 2 Reception classes. They place students and volunteers in different year groups, move midday supervisors as appropriate and would take into account any relevant family links when organising classes. This gives a degree of separation for both parties and creates less issue on Parent Evenings, reports etc. Is there a dress code as a teacher or volunteer?
Casual but smart, in fact as comfortable and smart as you want to be! Where are the fire exits & the fire extinguishers?
These are clearly marked, kept clear and regularly checked in line with school Health and Safety procedures. A copy of The Health & Safety Policy has been provided and outlines the Health & Safety Act 1974. All volunteers and students are made aware of basic fire procedures in the Induction process.
1.2 Describe with examples how to behave appropriately for a child or young person’s stage of development. Dependant on the child’s age and situation, the type of appropriate behaviour can differ. A type of funny banter could be used with an older child but not necessarily with a younger child as they may not understand. Don’t discuss anything of a personal nature in front of a child, eg, a drunken night out with friends and family. This would be very inappropriate for a child to listen to. Children will see all teachers and teaching assistants as role models, the old saying is that “teachers don’t eat or sleep”. So by only discussing the bare minimum, this is enough. Whilst in my placement, I overheard a 5 year old boy swear at another boy whilst they were doing a PE activity outside on the school playground. I asked the boy to come over to me, I knelt down to him and calmly I told him what I had heard. I explained that even if he had heard that word outside of school or at home, I didn’t want to hear it at school as I didn’t like it. I actually think he was more embarrassed that I’d heard him saying it, so I got a very quiet “Sorry Mrs Heyes” as his reply. I was happy that this had demonstrated how to behave sensibly around this incident. Swearing is hard to avoid especially if they hear it at home, but by instigating it as the wrong behaviour at school, this could potentially...
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