Looking After Children In Daycare
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a Childcare worker is that there are a wide variety of different cultures and ages to look after, and work with, to ensure children and parents know they can trust their minders.
VFA Learning sees this as an important element in certification, and simply, it’s critical for a worker to be able to instantly build relationships with a broad range of people.
Positive relationships between children develop when children feel secure and safe in their environment. Educators can assist children in developing these skills by:
– Encouraging children to respect and appreciate others
– Good supervision
– Reinforcing appropriate behaviour
– Managing inappropriate behaviour
Importantly, following the National Quality Framework for high quality care can help to build relationships between kids.
One example of children of different ages interacting is the moments during family grouping at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. Children of all ages are cared for in the same room/area and so are interacting.
Siblings during the day also often spend short periods of time together, if requested.
Caring for Children from Different Backgrounds
Educators get to know each child’s individual needs and their parent’s needs in regard to care arrangements. Differences between families are respected and acknowledged throughout the program.
The strategy is that the service must be inclusive for all differences to be accepted and regarded as a positive as this enriches lives.
Praising and Admonishing Certain Behaviours
All children are treated equally and are regularly praised even for small efforts as this improves a child’s self-confidence and self-worth. Praise reinforces the appropriate action as the right response, which brings about happiness.
Admonishing a child is not about punishment, but more about teaching the child the appropriate behaviour. If a child displays inappropriate behaviour, then he or she needs to be taught the appropriate behaviour.
A Behavioural Management Plan needs to be developed, which includes everyone involved with the child, from colleagues to parents.
Distraction and discussion with the child, depending upon their age, about the behaviour is necessary and the BSP will monitor the child’s progress with improving behaviour.
Keeping Kids Safe
Educators have a responsibility to keep children protected and safe at all times.
Educators must be vigilant in making their environment secure and safe by:
- Completing safety checklists at least twice a day
- Having the correct staff/child ratio at all times
- Supervising children and never leaving them unattended
- Being aware of danger areas that need additional care
- Dealing with hazards appropriately so there are no potential risks that may cause injury or harm
They also must report suspected abuse and deal with agencies if needed. If parents have concerns, then working with them to reassure or address their concerns is necessary.
Studying with VFA Learning
We teach our students:
- The importance of their duty of care
- Code of Ethics
- The appropriate legislation that governs them
- Their role as a Certificate III graduate
- How to enhance children’s development
- Working in partnership with families
- The importance of providing the best care they possibly can for children that deserve high quality
VFA Learning has an extensive certification process for anyone interested in studying Certificate III in Children’s Services. Simply head to our main site and enquire, or make a phone call and our Trainers will gladly answer any questions you may have.
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