Know how to run activities in children’s or young people’s settings.
The role of the practitioner may include:
- making sure the environment is safe
- ensuring there is sufficient equipment that is appropriate for the activity
- making sure everyone knows how to participate in the activity
- observing the children during the activity to make everyone is safe, participates, has fun etc
- joining in, if it is appropriate
- supporting those who may need help.
Welcoming strategies may include:
- having identification badges
- using a buddying system
- having taster sessions so the child becomes familiar with the activity before participating
- explaining the activity on a one-to-one basis.
Reasons why it is important of explaining the rules in terms appropriate to the age group may include:
- everyone understands how to participate
- everyone is following the same rules
- it is fair.
Strategies to encourage participation may include:
- letting them watch from the side and allowing them to join in when they are ready
- encouraging them using appropriate body language eg beckoning them in
- partnering them up with another child of a similar age.
Ways to deal with conflict include:
- distractions, depending on the age of the child
- discuss the issue and agree ways to resolve the problem
- withdraw the children until they are ready to participate.
Ways of bringing activities to an end may include:
- everyone has had a turn
- warn everyone that the time to the end of the activity is in a set number of minutes
- begin to tidy up.
Describe the role of the practitioner in facilitating activities for children and young people.
Describe strategies for making children or young people feel welcome
State why it is important to explain the activity and rules and boundaries in terms appropriate to the age group.
Describe strategies for encouraging children or young people to take part in activity.
Describe ways of dealing with conflict between participants.
Describe how to bring an activity to an end.