1Understand what is required for competence in own work role 1.2Explain expectations about own work role as expressed in relevant standards. The early year sector is well regulated and all practitioners, and the setting they work in, must comply with the various standards that in many cases have been set down in law, such as the childcare act 2006 and the health and safety at work act 1974, In my setting I ensure that I meet the standards by having a range of policies and procedures that I must observe. This means that I need to know all of my policies in my setting and understand how they link to my work role. For example I plan at least an hour outside be it park, garden or walk for the children. This is not just good practise but a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage. In addition to national standards that have been drawn up. Some organisations also have their own ethos, philosophy or mission, for example a community pre-school, a Montessori nursery or a centre-working with refugee children. practitioners working in such settings will find that their work role will again be influence by the overall aims of the organisation. _______________________________________________________________________ 2Be able to reflect on practice
2.1Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided. Setting that work well and are effective are usually dynamic and changing environments. This is because year on year, children and their families will arrive with different needs, expectation and interests. I too will be developing as I update my knowledge and skills. This means that effective settings rarely do the same thing year in and year out. They talk to parents, other service users and colleagues and focus their energies on improving how they are working. The process of reflective practice, both for individual staff members and the setting, is essential in this. I as a practitioner must think about which areas, whether they are linked to routine, curricula or polices are working well and which ones I need tweaking or even overhauling. In addition, the national standards and framework may also change and this in turn will impact on hoe a setting should be run. In order to reflect on your practice, I need to be ready to question what I do and do to think about it rather than simply doing it. It can be helpful to begin by considering different areas of my job role and to look at them one by one. This may mean carefully observing the reactions of children and other to help me think about your effectiveness. In situations where you feel you are doing well. Consider what skills, knowledge or practices are helping me to achieve that success. Where I feel that I have weaknesses, I think about what I need to do in order to improve. Generally, most weaknesses are down to lack of experience or knowledge. Viewed in these terms, I can then develop a new personal development plan or adapt my existing one. The way I approach reflecting on my practice is;
•Be aware of and focus on issues, most settings have small ongoing issues such as where to store buggies, or a staff rota that is not quite working focusing on these rather than accepting them as ‘just are’ problems can help the smooth running of the setting. •Seek alternatives, be ready to look at ideas and then adapt them to work in my setting. •Test ideas,
•Think about consequences,
•Observe and learn from children, observe the reactions of children closely. They are the main service user and so learn about what they want to do and how they react in different situations. •Integrate ideas into your existing practise,
•Question why things are done, for example try out new practices or viewed setting that work in contrasting ways. • View things from different perspectives.
2.3Describe how own values, belief systems and experiences may affect working practice There are a few areas in...