Professional Relationships in Early Childhood Education and Care


This module presents the theory and practice of interpersonal interactions within the professional relationship.This module builds on the Building interpersonal relationships and Supporting Enquiry to Enact the Curriculum offered at Level 6. It aims to develop the students’ ability to critically analyse the nature of educator / child / family relationships and to build skills in developing and maintaining relationships within the early years context. The module explores self-awareness, personal and interpersonal power, attitudes, values and perceptions in communication, verbal and non-verbal strategies, dealing with difference and the skill of working together. This module advocates taking care of oneself as an ECEC professional and examines the prevention of burnout in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the nature of relationships and relationship boundaries and their application in early childhood education and care.

  2. Appraise the value and relevance of self awareness for personal and professional development.

  3. Evaluate how personal and societal values, attitudes and perceptions influence the establishment and maintenance of professional relationships in early childhood education and care.

  4. Demonstrate mastery of establishing and maintaining relationships by exercising appropriate analysis, abstraction, application and judgement in respect of appropriate interpersonal skills.

  5. Evaluate the importance of self care for ECEC professionals, appraise a number of mindfulness techniques to prevent exhaustion, burnout and promote well being.

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