1.1 Explain The Role Of An Early Years Practitioner Analysis

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Explain the role of the early years practitioner during:

• nappy changing
• toilet training
• washing and bath time
• skin, teeth and hair
• meal time

It is very important to establish a routine as an early year practitioner. Routines will support the physical care needs of children. It should provide a predictable and well-ordered environment, children know what to expect. They are comforting and provide regularity, especially for babies as they enable them to adjust to their own body rhythms. For toddlers, routines provide security and they are a way of teaching children about how to look after themselves. The predictability of routines helps to reduce anxiety and the child can develop self-control.

Nappy Changing
Equipment required for nappy changing
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• Babies and young children should have their nappies changed at regular intervals to avoid possible nappy rash and soreness.
• A nappy should be changed immediately if a baby or young child has soiled it.
• Some babies and young children will have disposable nappies, while others will have reusable or washable nappies.
• It is important to follow the wishes of parents by using the appropriate type of nappies.
• Early years practitioners must follow the policies and procedures of the setting when changing nappies.
• Practitioners must ensure they wear disposable plastic aprons and gloves when changing nappies.
• Practitioners should engage with the baby or young child to ensure the process is as pleasant as possible, and so that the child does not become distressed.
• Practitioners should make note of any abnormalities when changing a nappy and should inform the supervisor and parent.

Toilet Training
• Encourages children to develop independence.
• All children are individuals, and will be ready for toilet training at different times.
• Children should never be forced to use the potty or
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