Unit 1 – E6
One professional skill that is needed and will help support my work with children is observation skills. Having good observation skills when working with children is important because observations help when planning the child’s ‘next steps’. Observation skills also help me to reflect on my own practice and help me to understand individual children’s needs. They can also help me to identify different learning opportunities and plan relevant and motivating experiences. Another professional skill that is needed and will help to support my work with children knowledge of the development milestones and learning goals. Having a good understanding and knowledge of the development milestones and learning goals is important to have when I am working with children because it can help to inform me if a child is not at the correct stage of development for their age. If they are not at the correct stage of development for their age then extra help can be arranged for them to have to help them catch up, however development milestones can range within different children, as some children develop faster than others. A third professional skill that is needed and will help to support my work with children is time keeping skills. Having good time keeping skills is important to have when working with children because if I am late it may disrupt the smooth running of a session. Also because I am working with children they become used to me being their when they arrive that if I am running late this may cause them distress if the times varies at which I show up. It is also important to have good time keeping skills because if I am not their then the parents may not be able to leave for work until I arrive.
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