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One Care and One Education Routine Essay

Rational

For this assignment I plan to implement one care and one education routine in an ECCE setting. I will evaluate and reference relevant legislation, policies and procedures. I will give a description of the routines that should demonstrate an understanding and value for equality and diversity.

Planning of the Care Routine

Consultation with a supervisor

I asked my supervisor in the crèche if it was okay for me to help during feeding time and she gave me permission to do so.

The care routine I have chosen to do my assignment on is assisting a child to eat. I am going to prepare and feed an 18 month old baby boy. I got out the baby’s bib and high chair and disinfected them to prevent infection. I placed the baby’s food in the fridge that morning and when it is time to feed him I am going to heat it up in the microwave. I have the baby’s bowl and small spoon prepared as his mouth is so small at this age that he needs small eating utensils. I prepared for after the baby had finished eating, I had appropriate hand wipes and sterilising facilities to clean the bowl and spoon as stated in the Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006. These regulations also state that Pre-school services are subject to the provisions of food safety, food hygiene and health regulations.

Implementation of the Care Routine

Step One

I cleaned down the high chair and placed a bib on the baby. Baby’s need bibs so as not to get food on their clothes which would be unhygienic. I then placed the baby into the high chair and motivated him letting him know his dinner was coming by showing him the container of the shepherd’s pie and telling him it was yummy. The baby already knew it was yummy as shepherd’s pie is his favourite.

Step Two

I removed the glass bottle of baby food from the fridge, it was shepherd’s pie the baby’s favourite according to his mother. The Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No.2) Regulations states, food must be stored under suitable refrigerated conditions, which is how I stored it. I am aware of how important the different acts and regulations that are there to protect children.

Step Three

I placed the food into the baby bowl and then placed the bowl in the microwave. I only heated it for 2 minutes as I did not want it to burn the baby’s mouth. Once the food was heated I brought it over to the baby. He had the biggest smile on his face when he saw what his dinner was. This is an aspect of Siolta as one of the main principles of Siolta is the child’s individuality. Having a favourite food is a part of being individual.

Step Four

I began feeding him, I pretended the spoon was an airplane to bring in the element of play into feeding. Another of Sioltas principles states that play is central to the wellbeing, development, and learning of the young child. I am also incorporating Aistears theme of communication as the baby and I are communicating throughout the feeding process.

Step Five

When the baby has finished eating, I took his bib off him and sat him down on his play mat while I burped him.

Step Six

After burping him i cleaned up. I placed the bowl and spoon into a steriliser and I wiped down the high chair with hot water and disinfectant. After everything was cleaned and put away I played with him until his mother came to collect him.

Evaluation of the Care Routine

In my opinion I think this care routine went very well. The baby and I got time to bond while I was feeding him as I added play to the feeding time. I feel I was very hygienic and I kept in line with the Child Care (Pre-school) (No. 2) Regulations 2006. I feel that I had a very important role doing this care activity. I had to make sure everything was prepared and that I had cleaned down the high chair before placing the baby into it. I also had to be very careful about the food, making sure it was heated enough but not too hot so as not to burn the baby’s mouth. I used a food thermometer to check the temperature of the food. Using a thermometer is the only way to know the temperature of food. Anyone working with food needs to know how to use a thermometer. I had to take temperatures in the thickest part of the food. When taking temperatures of a large amount of food be sure to take the temperature in two or more locations. This way you will know that the food is heated to the right temperature throughout.

Personal Learning from the Care Routine

I learnt a lot from doing this care routine. I learnt all about the child care regulations and I am more aware of what is involved in them. I learnt how important it is to keep everything sterilised and clean. I learnt that feeding the baby can incorporate play to make it easier. I found out how winding a baby is a vital process after feeding. If the baby wasn’t winded after feeding he would be very uncomfortable and not happy until his wind came up.

References

Education & Care in the early years 4th edition by Josephine Donohoe & Frances Gaynor.

Planning of the Education Routine

Consultation with a supervisor

Before I could start my assignment I had to get permission of my supervisor in the Montessori and she said I had her permission.

The education routine I am going to do will be learning colours, shapes and numbers. I am going to do this activity with 1 child aged 4 yea old. I will prepare the materials that I need to do this activity before I start. I need to borrow the wooden shapes from the crèche which will cover my three education routines. I then need to set up a table where the 4 year old girl and I will do the activity. I cleaned down the table using disinfectant and I made sure all the wooden blocks were wiped down before we started to learn so as to prevent the spread of infection following the Child Care Regulations 2006. I explained to the girl what we were going to be doing and she was excited and anxious to start. Children love to play and I believe learning through play is the best way to interest children. It is a child’s right to education and play, these are only 2 of the developmental rights listed in the UN Convention on the rights of the child 1989.

Implementation of the education routine

Step One

I motivated the child by explaining what we were going to do, learning about colours, shapes and counting. She was egger to start. We took our seats at the table where I had laid out the wooden blocks.

Step Two

Once at the table I let the girl experiment and feel every shape. I then went through the colours of every shape there was yellow, blue, red, green, orange and purple. We said the colours together to try get her familiar with them. She let me know that her favourite one was the orange one. This is bringing in Aistear’s theme of identity again as it his her favourite colour.

Step Three

I realised she was becoming bored as she was not interested in what I was saying and just wanted to play with the wooden shapes. When she became bored about talking about colours, I started to explain to her the different names of the shapes of the wood. She seemed interested in the names as repeated the sound of them back to me. There was a square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval and diamond.

Step Four

After learning the colours and shapes I asked the girl if we should try counting the shapes. We laid them out a finger width apart and began counting them. When we counted up to 6 she told me that her brother is 6.

Step five

When we were finished with the education routines I asked the girl if she would help me clean up. She placed all the shapes back in there box and I sprayed the table with disinfectant before I sprayed down the tables I made sure the child was not near where I was spraying so as to protect her. I then washed my hands and asked the girl to wash her hands.

Evaluation of the education routine

I fell this education routine went very well. The girl was very keen in participating in every aspect, counting, learning shapes and learning colours. Her favourite aspect was learning the shapes. I believe I bettered her knowledge and I feel she is more prepared for Primary School next year as she can now count, she knows a small range of shapes and she knows all the primary colours and some secondary ones. In doing this education routine I am more aware about how Siolta and Aistear can be seen in most education routines. I feel my role in the education routine was very important as I was helping the child to develop intellectually and also having fun at the same time.

Personal Learning from the Education Routine

I have learnt a lot from doing this education routine. I have learnt how important early education is to a child and how education can be something fun that children will enjoy learning about. I have learnt more about Siolta and Aistear and how important they are as a part of a child’s education. I have also learnt loads about child protection act and children’s rights and the Child Care (Pre-school Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006. All the legislations, policies and procedures that are there to protect children are in my opinion very much seen in the crèche.

References

Education & Care in the early years 4th edition by Josephine Donohoe & Frances Gaynor.


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