Written for anyone working in the field of early years education and care, this book encourages students and practitioners to consider their own practice and to examine practice in a wide range of early years settings. The four sections link closely to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and support the reader in developing a critical and reflective approach to their own work.

Issues covered include:

Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England; The Foundation Phase in Wales; Safeguarding children; The healthy child; Leading a team at a Children's CenteR; How caregivers are working with the EYFS; Leading and managing a multi-agency workforce; Continuing Professional Development for early years practitioners

Ideal for those working towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), this book is also a must-read for students on any early years course, and will help the professional development of all practitioners working with the Birth to Eight age range.

From Experienced Practitioner to Reflective Professional

From experienced practitioner to reflective professional

Chapter Objectives

Is reflecting on practice a valuable asset to have as a developing early years graduate? The answer might be an unequivocal yes, due to the valuable insights that this process gives to practice. However, getting to the point where it is possible to reflect positively on practice is no easy journey This is especially so for someone entering higher education, because of the competing demands on their time and their studies. It is also because their studies are now influenced by changes to the qualifications framework throughout the UK – changes that have driven forward the need for practitioners to gain specific and relevant qualifications which requires them to navigate personal transitions through ...

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