Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.2: Support healthy lifestyles for children through exercise
Learning outcome: Understand children’s need for exercise
Assessment criteria: Describe benefits of working in partnership with parents/carers in relation to supporting children’s exercise
There are many benefits to working in partnership with parents or carers regarding supporting children’s exercise.
First and foremost, it helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page in terms of the child’s needs and preferences. This is especially important if the child has any medical conditions or additional needs that need to be considered.
Additionally, working together closely can help to develop a strong sense of trust between the adults involved. This is important not only for the child’s sake but also because it can make it more likely that the parents or carers will be open to discussing any concerns they have and hearing advice and suggestions from early years practitioners.
Finally, when everyone is working together towards the same goal – in this case, supporting the child’s exercise – it is more likely that the child will benefit in the long term. This is because there will be a greater sense of cohesion and cooperation, rather than any one adult trying to do everything on their own or lack of consistency between home and early years settings.