Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults: To communicate effectively we must most importantly be able to listen attentively, not listening to one another causes a breakdown in communication which in turn can cause a breakdown in relationships. Children: In order to learn effectively children need to feel secure, relaxed and confident, being in the presence of someone that they feel they have a good relationship with will create a positive atmosphere for learning in; one of the most practical and mutually rewarding ways to do this is through effective communication. One of the most important things an adult can do for a child is talk with and listen to them. Children need to have good language skills to use their language to learn, talking is key in supporting and extending their thinking and advancing their learning and understanding. Through these interactions, children and adults can develop relationships that help children to learn about themselves and the world around them.