Engage in personal development in health, social care or young people’s setting 2.1 Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided
Reflecting on our practice
Being reflective helps us to monitor the provisions we are offering and helps us look for ways to continually improve in all aspects of our work, care we provide for the children and the communication we have with their parents/careers/guardians.
For example, on a weekly basis within our setting each member of the team takes a turn in offering a key worker activity. We have a rota that indicates the area of learning this activity should be covering and we can then use our individual tracker to design an activity that will help a particular key child’s progression. We then look at the cohort tracker to identify other children who may benefit most from the activity, although it is open to all children. (Please see the example of a tracker attached).
We encourage our key child to try the activity and hope that it has been designed in a way that will interest them enough to take part, but it is fine if they don’t want to. We record the activity and how it has worked, who has tried it out and the results that each child has achieved. We also record ways in which we may have extended the activity to suit more able children or simplified it for younger or less able children.
We then reflect by looking at how the activity has worked, did it go better or worse than expected? Did the intended child take part? How we could change or adapt the activity if we were to do it again. What were the results, ie did most children know there colours? If not what activities could we introduce to improve this area of learning. Did they listen? Did they understand? If not, why not? How could this be changed to improve listening next time,? : smaller groups, a different mix of children?
This reflection then allows us as individuals to