The Role of the Early Years Professional

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  • Topic: Qualified Teacher Status, Setting, Early Years Professional Status
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The aim of this assignment is to explain how the role of the Early Years Professional (EYP) has developed, analysis the role and identify any considerations and challenges that arise when working within the Early Years sector, which will include multi-disciplinary teams and partnership with parents. The assignment will also include a personal development plan which I have devised after reflecting on my own role and identifying areas for self development and linking it to the aims of my work setting.

The EYP must be a reflective practitioner with a clear understanding of how practice should be lead and have high expectations of all children’s achievements. They lead and help other practitioners to establish appropriate environments and routines and how observations can be used to monitor children’s progress and development, which will enable them to plan for progression. They will demonstrate effective practice by promoting positive behaviour, children’s rights, equality and inclusion. The EYP will show how to work skilfully with others by being a good listener and being able to tune into colleagues worries and concerns. It is important that the EYP uses strategies to inspire and negotiate changes in a positive way by ensuring colleagues feel part of the change rather than something that is being forced upon them. The role of the EYP has evolved through the enhancement of the Early Years as an important stage of education, learning and development, changes in legislation and funding initiatives.

As the Laming report (2003) revealed that the lack of communication between agencies was a major flaw within the system, it is important that EYPs need to build working relationships with professionals in other sectors such as health, education and social services to ensure children are safeguarded and to help them reach their full potential.

After the government took consultation with Early Years stakeholders in 2006, the Children’s...
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