Imagine you are a new manager at a nursery and you have been asked to identify areas in which the nursery could be improved or developed as a service and a business. You are therefore required to carry out a S.T.E.E.R Analysis of your current setting. S.T.E.E.R – Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ethical, Regulations
The early years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of their general well-being, emotional and social development and physical, intellectual and emotional growth. 1Jean Piaget said “During the earliest stages of thought, accommodation remains on the surface of physical as well as social experience.” Children develop at different paces and a very high proportion of what they learn takes place in the first five to seven years of life. 2Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development considers the impact of external factors, parents and society on personality development from childhood to adulthood. According to Erikson’s theory, every person must pass through a series of eight interrelated stages over the entire life cycle. This is why a childcare nursery is extremely important to development in early childhood.
Staff play a big part of a successful nursery, and should always be positive role models in all their actions and language. Children will mirror all types of behavior, good and bad and need guidance from adults to show them what is acceptable and what is not. When in uniform they are representing the company and should stick to policies and procedures at all times including no smoking while dress in work uniform. Staff are to use appropriate language and tone when speaking to parents, children and colleagues. At our setting we have up to date policies and procedures in place which all staff are to read and sign once fully understood. All childcare providers caring for children from birth to 31st August after their fifth birthday, must register with Ofsted on the Early Years Register. 3Ofsted say “The registration process looks at your ability and suitability to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years Foundation Stage is a comprehensive framework that sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 31 August following a child’s fifth birthday, Known as the early years age group.” All providers on this register must deliver the standards for learning development and care set out in The Early Years Foundation Stage. Which is why it is important to make sure all staff understand and have training in the Early Years Foundation Stage. By registering each member of staff on Suffolk cpd website – www.suffolkcpd.co.uk - they will all be able to attend onto the correct training course. * Suffolk CPD online is a new website to book training and record professional development. It s an online searchable directory and booking system for learning opportunities. It has been developed to ensure that Suffolk has a highly skilled and professional children and young people’s workforce able to support the achievement and well-being of all children and young people in Suffolk. It is also important to make sure staff have or are working towards gaining the correct qualifications to work with children.* *National standards insist ‘that 50% of staff members in childcare settings have an appropriate qualification.’ Staff need to have appropriate experience, skills and ability to do their job.* A report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (September, 2004) entitled Early Years: Progress in Developing High Quality Childcare and Early Education Accessible to All highlights the view that there is a lack of appropriately trained staff in the pre-school sector. Appropriately qualified staff must be a priority if the sustainability of expansion in early years is not to be undermined. The report further highlights the need for all local authorities to work in partnership with colleges and the voluntary sector to provide improved...
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