As an early education and childcarepractitioner you will have high expectations orall children and you will be committed to making sure they are provided with opportunities toachieve their ull potential. At some point in their lives, most children will have additional support needs.
These may be long-term needs such as a disability, or may be or the short term such as going into hospitalor a procedure. As an early education andchildcare practitioner, you will develop skills todeal with specic and additional support needsin the course o your day-to-day work. This couldinvolve the need to develop specialist skills incommunicating with children by alternativemethods. It could also involve researching a specialist area or bringing in a specialistpractitioner, such as a hospital play specialist totalk to and try to reassure a child.The Scottish Government’s
Skills or Scotland: A Lielong Skills Strategy
(2007) has identiedsome o the key skills needed by employers inall sectors as being ‘sot skills’. It describes theseskills as less denable but nevertheless essential.They are listed below.
Eective time management
Planning and organising
Eective oral and written communicationskills
The ability to solve problems
The ability to undertake tasks or makesubmissions at short notice
The ability to work with others to achievecommon goals
The ability to think critically and creatively
The ability to learn and continue learning
The ability to take responsibility orproessional development
Having the skills to manage, or be managed,by others
Make a table similar to the one providedbelow. Fill in the type o play you might expectto see or each o the categories. You mightalso want to think about how you could extendthat play and what additional materials wouldhelp you to do this.
Type o playDescribe whatyou haveobservedDescribe theway this wasextendedExploringObservationalListening;talking andrespondingThinkingExperimentingActive
Additional support needs
is dened by theEducation (Additional Support or Learning)(Scotland) Act (004).
Working in an early education and childcare setting
The Act moved away rom a system thatnarrowly dened special educational needsto accepting that there is a broader spectrumo need that may be long term or short term.Examples might include: children who arebeing bullied; very able or ‘gited’ childrenwho have suered loss or have been identiedas abused; children with disabilities. Thereare dierent ways children with additionalsupport needs can be supported, includingproviding a coordinated support plan orthose children who have particularly complexneeds. You will learn more about this Actand about the ways children are supported inChapters 6 and 9. You may want to undertakeurther research on the Education (AdditionalSupport or Learning) (Scotland) Act (004)which can be accessed through the ScottishGovernment’s website )www.scotland.gov.uk)which also provides links to other useulsites to visit.
This sample chapter from Heinemann's HNC Early Education and Childcare student book (ISBN - 978 0 435401 01 6) has been downloaded fromwww.heinemann.co.uk/childcare.