CYP 3.5 Developing positive relationship

CYP 3.5 Developing positive relationship

This unit explores the different attributes needed to develop and maintain a good relationship with children and young people.

The EYFS states that the key person in the child care setting is an important figure in fostering a positive relationship with children and young people.
Characteristics of a key person and their communication skills are important if they are to form a rapport with children and young people. It is important that carers, and teachers are able to communicate effectively in order to form a positive relationship with parents and children as well as being able to liaise with relevant organisations working in partnerships.

Developing Positive relationship

Demonstrating how to listen and build relationships with children and young people

  • Showing respect

  • Body language: eye contact , nodding , smiling , tone

  • Time and space

  • Not interrupting

  • Showing interest in what they say and do

  • Give them choices

  • Displaying their work

  • Supporting them , praising them for achievements and efforts

  • Name tags

  • Key person / buddy friend

Importance of positive relationship with people involved in the
care of children and young people:

People involved in care Developing positive relationship Importance of positive relationship
Carers Carers (colleagues) respecting one another
Working together as a team
Sharing information to promote child development.
Listen to children, praise them, display their work etc.
Being fair and consistent in behaviour
Be role models for children.
Provide a friendly and welcoming environment for children and parents.
Build trust and make children feel comfortable and safe.
Parents Talk to parents regularly
Involve parents in activities
Invite parents to open-day
Show respect to parents by being polite, listening to them and meeting their needs.
Parents can provide back ground information on their children
Need to be approachable to discuss sensitive issues or resolve conflicts
Key worker Listen to children and show interest
Value their opinions
Help children to make friends with other children
Bond with children to make them feel safe and secure.
Help build confidence, feel comfortable and be happy.
Partnerships:SENCO, speech therapist, social services Make referrals, share information,maintain confidentiality
Be cooperative
Early intervention to support children with developmental problems


DFE (2014) Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

DFE (2014). Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

DEF(2014). Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework (EYFS)

DFE (2014) Keeping children safe in Out of hours provisions

DFE(2014) Early Years Outcomes

Parents - guide to EYFS (2014)

What to expect and when (2014)

The British Association for Early Childhood Education
(Supported by DFE)

Every Child Matters 2003)

Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (2003-2008)

DFE (2008) Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11)

Parliament (2003) Every Child Matters

Tassoni et al (2010) Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People's
Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare). Pearson: Harlow Essex

Caroline Meggit et al (2011) CACHE Level 3 Children and Young People's
Workforce Diploma: Early Learning and Child Care.
Hodder Education: London