Childcare is considered as one of the most complex and critical process. In order to develop good behaviour and etiquettes in child, it is essential as well as important for child care providers and family members to secure relationship with the child. In this context, the report will focus on developing secure relationship and attachment with child. The role of key person in promoting emotional well being in relation to current framework of United Kingdom will be assess in this report. Eventually, the impact of secure relationship on child's well being will be assess in this a
1.1 The process of attachment and developing secure relationship with child
Developing attachment and relationship with child is necessary. This is done in order to secure the trust and belief of child. In this context, the process involved in both stages are described below:
Attachment is the emotional bond between a child and his/her parents through a consistent sequence of affectionate interaction. Establishing a secure attachment is crucial for child's psychology and health. Caregivers and family members should follow step by step process in order to secure attachment (Hesketh, Griffin and Sluijs, 2015). Caregivers and parents must focus on the style of care. Care style plays significant role in developing attachment in child. Inappropriate care style might affects the psychology of child. It is the duty and responsibility of caregiver to fulfil the need and expectations of child so that his or her attachment toward caregiver can be enhanced. Family members needs to ensure to communicate with child frequently so that his or her interaction skills can be enhanced. It has been identified in research that attachment of child increased towards the person who communicates with them more frequently.
Developing secure relationships
In order to establish secured and healthy relationship with child, caregivers must promote healthy practices within the care centre. Securing precise relationship is not easy especially with child. Family members must play with their child, communicate with them so that child psychology towards the family members can be enhanced (Gatrell et.al., 2015). Parents must maintain close physical contact with child, they must stay attentive and responsive and encourage expression of emotion. They must uphold a predictable and stable environment in order to develop secure relationship with child.
1.2 Summarising the role of the key person in promoting emotional well-being in relation to current frameworks
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. The role of key person in emotional well being in child in relation to current framework is described below:
- School Teachers: The role of school teachers is to ensure that children are playing in safe and healthy environment (Vertigans, 2015). They also need to ensure the safety and welfare of children in the school premises. This will help in promoting their emotional well being.
- Care Providers: Care providers needs to ensure that no child remain in isolation as it can negatively impacts on their psychology. Furthermore, caregivers needs to ensure that child have been provided with adequate care and nourishment so that his or her growth and development can be made efficiently.
- Parents: Parents plays crucial role in the growth and development of emotional well being in child. The role of parents is to provide adequate care to the child and needs to spent ample amount of time in order to secure attachment and relationship (Busch, 2015). Parents needs to ensure that child has been raising in appropriate and positive environment so that his or her psychology remain unaffected.
1.3 Impact of secure relationships on a child's well-being:
Relationships plays an important role in everyone's life, as they are built up with those whom we care about and trust. In a child's development, secure and trusting relationships has a great impact on them. A child will develop a healthy emotional well-being within a safe and caring environment. Children’s experiences of healthy relationships when they are young, will impact upon how they build relationships in the future.
These are some impacts of secure relationships on child's well-being:
- Building relationship:Through relationships children learn about their world. A child’s most important and early relationships is with his family members and caregivers (Bradshaw, 2016). These relationships enable children to learn social and emotional skills and build a positive mental state in present as well as for future also.
- Communication: In the growing phase of child's life, two-way communication plays a vital role as it will help him to grow socially.
- Developing Trust and secure relationships: Trusting and securing relationship will take time to develop, as children are dependent on their caregivers for their needs they have to feel save and secure. These caring relationships can help children to develop their own sense of identity and self esteem.
- Social and Emotional Development: Apart from secured relationships children also learn through observations. Children are like ball of cotton, they soak up information from everywhere and everything there family members and surrounding people does (Bradshaw, 2016). These social and emotional development provide maturity of a child and its development in all other areas.
Altogether, secure and trusting relationships matter a lot as they can have a profound effect upon children’s development such as their emotional well-being. This relationship will help to shape the person a child will become or choose to become in the future.
From the above report, it can be understood that childcare is considered as critical and complex process. In order to boost child motivation and improve the psychology of children, it is essential for parents as well as care giver to promote adequate care practices. In this context, the process of developing attachment and relationship with child has been assessed in this report. The role of key persons in promoting emotional well being in relations to Early Years Foundation Stage has been made and the impact of secure relationship on child well being has been assessed.
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