1. Understand the principles of professional development
1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice. it is very important for me to continually improve my knowledge to ensure that I am fully up to date, and follow all of the current legislation and Ofsted standards, as well as the guidelines for good practice, as well as ensuring that I follow my company’s own policies and procedures, by keeping abreast of changes to the EYFS, safeguarding and the SEND code of practice. It is also vital that I pass on any new knowledge that I gain on to the team, as this in turn provides them with the up to date information in order for them to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. This can be done during staff meetings, as well as on a day to day basis. This will lead to a better understanding of Ofsted requirements. Learning is a way of gaining new skills and it enables me to progress in my role as deputy manager, room leader and nursery teacher within the setting. Personal and professional development not only benefits me, but also the company and my colleagues. Continuous professional development is important for my career; I feel that it increases my employability. As deputy manager I am responsible for others including staff members, students and the children in the setting, as well as the families of the children who use our nursery. Therefore it is most important to me that I am knowledgeable and effective in my role. Passing on my knowledge will enable staff to support children’s learning successfully because they will have high expectations of what children can achieve and a secure knowledge of how children can learn best. 1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development.
In my setting, as in others I have worked in, the main barrier to professional development is funding and being able to release staff to attend courses. As staff work to tight ratios it is difficult to be able to have spare staff to attend courses. In the county Durham area the courses mostly take place at the Durham Leadership Centre which is in Spennymoor. This venue is very difficult to get to as I don’t drive and it takes three buses to get there. Most courses in County Durham although there is a charge for some courses; this again is a huge barrier as our company will not pay for these courses. 1.3 Compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development. Different sources and systems supporting professional development are things like staff supervisions which are put into place to discuss job roles and improvements in practice as well as to build on the positive aspects of practice. Training courses are available through the Durham County Council training directory, these are usually one day courses conducted to increase professional knowledge which in turn betters practice. There are on line E Learning courses in both Safeguarding and Safe Recruitment. These courses can be completed at home in practitioners own time they don’t need to be released from the setting, although this could impact on family time a home. Distance learning on courses such as this one where a large amount of work and research needs to be done to increase knowledge is beneficial to practice and further career development. They offer good levels of support throughout the course, unlike E Learning which is a series of slides with questions at the end. 1.4 Explain factors to consider when selecting opportunities and activities for keeping knowledge and practice up to date. Factors to consider are mostly down to cost. Is the training cost effective? In my setting we only ever attend courses with full funding. We also look at whether the course is relevant to the practitioner and their job role. Settings need to look at the individual and question whether they feel the training will benefit them as well as the setting. They also need to look at whether the practitioner an get to...
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