Communication and Early Childhood Educators Essay

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Communication is not just how individuals speak to each other. It is listening, what the body language is saying and the response that is received. That is to say it is a two-way interaction, based on respect and valuing the different viewpoints that are given. It is from using effective communication that individuals form relationships with those around them. Relationships have been shown to provide children with the needs necessary to shape their behavior in the years to follow. According to Cheatham (2009, p.6) providing numerous opportunities for communication, both verbal and non verbal, encourages the development of the most functional skills. Therefore communication becomes the most important skill an early childhood educator can …show more content…
Additionally Cheatham (2009) also believes “young children develop in an environment of relationships” therefore this establishes a need for early childhood educators to form partnerships with others who are in contact with the child, be it the parents, colleagues or the greater community i.e. specialists etc.
Communication has always been a skill to acquire in early childhood education, but now emphasis is on how communication has become the most important skill an educator can hold. As stated previously, research has shown that educators with a positive relationship with parents, the child will succeed more effectively in education and life. (Laparo, M., et al. 2003; Ashton 2008; Cheatham 2009). Educators form relationships with families and children by exchanging ideas and information. This is conveyed in many ways, written, verbal and non verbally.
Educators make the parents feel welcome and trusting in the early childhood environment by using effective communication, listening to the parent speak about the child, welcoming them into the room with a smile, allowing them to feel more confident and ultimately trust the educator. Once educators build this trust they need to maintain it by being clear and concise on how they convey messages about the child. If communication is not clear it leads the way

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