Explain how a working relationship is different to a personal relationship

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.1: An introduction to the role of the Early Years practitioner
Learning outcome: 3 Understand working relationships in Early Years
Assessment criteria: 3.1 Explain how a working relationship is different to a personal relationship

  • Working relationships are:
    • formal and professional
    • bounded by working hours and work settings
    • unequal distribution of power – practitioners will know more about the children and their families
    • cannot choose who you work with
    • bound by legislation, regulation and best practices
  • Personal relationships are:
    • informal and participants are free to choose if they maintain them
    • mutually beneficial with an equal distribution of power
    • can be intimate
    • unpaid

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