1.1 Describe and explain the duties and responsibilities of your own work role.
I work in a team with another childminder, sharing the same premises, so we share some of duties, but generally speaking, both of us are responsible for the children we looking for. My duties starts in the morning when I have to welcome the children, to help them getting the schuss changed and the coats tacked off, to record the time they came in and some information from parents if applicable. It is my responsibility to prepare the food for children and in the meantime to get involved in their activities. We support the children in their personal development in different ways: explaining situations, setting some interesting activities for them, support their routine, being a good example, by assessing the risks to keep them safe. We give them the opportunity to learn things in their ways, without teaching them, but supervise them in their learning. We are responsible for the children hygiene and to keep them healthy, to respect the safety rules and to prevent and avoid the dangerous situations. We make observation on the child achievements and the stages of development, which I share with parents and carers. I am trained to give first aid treatment if necessarily.
As a childminder,I have to do some paperwork too, carrying risk-assessment for different situations, reporting incidents or accidents, recording the medicines given if applicable, making observation on the child behaviour and development, obtaining permission from parents if required, planning trips and activities.
1.2 Identify and explain standards that influence the way your role is carried out. 1.3
National Standards set out certain principles and values in order to ensure that the children and young people receive the best opportunity to develop and grow in the child care setting. We need to follow some regulations, such as The Children Act 2004; The Health and Safety and Work Act; The Data Protection Act; The Care Standards Act 2000. Ofsted, as a National Occupational Standard in England describe what an individual needs to know, do and understand, in order to carry out a particular job or function. For the childminders, the National Standard to follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) welfare requirements. The aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five-Every Child Matters-outcome of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being by:-setting the standards for the learning, development and care;-providing for equality and opportunity, ensuring that every child is included;-creating the framework for partnership working between parents and professionals;-improving quality and consistency in the early years sector and providing the basis for the inspection and regulation regime;-laying a secure foundation for future learning through learning and development that is planned around the individual needs and interest of the child.
1.4 Describe ways you ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of your work. The children develop early their beliefs, values and attitudes from what they see around and I’m trying to be a good example. I have also my own beliefs and values, which do not obstruct the quality of my work because, I know that most of them are positive attitudes; I value and respect every person around me. I am open mind and I respect the needs, wishes and preferences of individuals. I know different people from different cultures and that helps me to explain children about the differences they can see between their families and other families, regarding food, clothes or language. I respect the Inclusion Policy and I accept that every child is unique. 2.1 Write a detailed reflective account about a time you have reflected on your own practice and work activities. Explain how reflection has helped you to develop...