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Your Role in the Early Years

Your Role in the Early Years

The demand for employees in the childcare sector has increased in recent years and it will increase a lot more in the years to come. With a growing population and limited establishments, there is an urgent requirement for skilled personnel to support the development of young children. Leaving no shortage of work throughout the country.

Self-evaluation is crucial in professional development. By listening to the feedback of others and evaluating ourselves, we can learn and develop our skills, understanding, empathy and best practice. Students will be taught to consider not only their own Continuous Professional Development, but also the development of their team members, ensuring a positive and successful learning force. Next, the course shifts focus to run you through the importance of creating a partnership with parents. Most feedback given from children is to their parents and this module will teach you how to make the relationship work for everyone involved and how to deal with conflict should it arise. Next, your course will run you through the key concepts within the Key Elements of Effective Practice (KEEP) document which was published in 2005 by the Department of Education and Skills. You will undoubtedly aspire to be the best at what you do and understanding concepts such as KEEP will help you to achieve your goals. Appointing a Key Person is a legal requirement of the EYFS framework document, this course will give students and understanding of the importance of positive relationships, and the need for a key person in the learning environment, who the child (and the child’s parents) can trust.

Key Learning Points

  • Take a look at the self-evaluation model, and learn how to look at your practice objectively.
  • Identify ways in which reflective practice can help, and develop the skills and attributes required for effective reflective practice.
  • Learn how to set achievable targets, and how to effectively implement changes that can prove to have a positive impact on the service provided.
  • Understand the need for continual self-evaluation. It’s not a one-time thing! Practitioners and services are constantly evolving, which is why reflective practice needs to be an ongoing feature of your setting.
  • Take a look at an Ofsted self-evaluation form, and get to grips with some of the features that an inspector may deem to be inadequate, good or outstanding.
  • Understand the importance of writing down and recording feedback and thoughts, not just for professional development files but also for the benefit of Ofsted reports. Ensure files are accurate and up-to-date to avoid scrutiny.
  • Take a look at some of the preferred learning styles and learning opportunities, and understand how to plan and evaluate a learning programme.
  • Learn how to set up a CPD file, and be able to help others setting up their own.
  • Get to grips with some of the core skills required to lead others during their own professional development.
  • Appreciate the need for continual improvement and development, in order for a practice to be most effective. Understand the need for training and skill development, and understand that practitioners who value personal development will have more opportunities to enhance their professional growth.
  • Understand the importance of partnership with parents and learn about some of the ways in which practitioners can engage with parents and caregivers, while also demonstrating your commitment as an early years education provider.
  • Take a look at some of the ways in which home can be brought into the childcare setting, and vice versa.
  • Identify some of the reasons why people complain, and look at the legal requirements that mean childcare providers must respond to every parental concern or complaint, as well as investigate and record them. Help parents to realise that their views and opinions matter.
  • Learn how to make transitions between home and learning environments seamless and support continuity in a child’s learning journey.
  • Take a look at the EYFS 2008 Principles into Practice ‘Parents as Partners’ card. This should be available in your childcare setting, but can also be viewed online if necessary.
  • Understand more about attachment theory, and how establishing positive relationships between caregiver, parent and child can help to make the transition easier.
  • Learn about the role of the key person, and the relationship that the key person needs to build with the child, and their parents. Identify some of the key attributes that a key person should demonstrate in order to offer an effective childcare provision.
  • Learn how to promote personal, social and emotional development and gain a better understanding of what this means in your practice.
  • Identify some of the factors that can affect a child’s ability to build a positive relationship and explore some of the key emotional needs that they may experience.
  • Gain insight into how children develop friendships. Once in your setting, make observations that can help support your findings.
  • Learn how to use ‘tell me about’ cards to write something about a child in your care that you can give to their parents – this doesn’t have to be an important milestone, but it’s a great way of forming a relationship with parents.
  • Explore more about why the KEEP document was published, including the research that it’s based on.
  • Learn about the six concepts that make up the KEEP guidelines, how they are interlinked and how important they are in relation to the EYFS framework.
  • Understand the necessity for reflecting on your practice, so that you can identify any areas which need to be focussed upon.
  • Appreciate the importance of training and ensuring that all staff members know that enhancing their knowledge, skills and understanding is essential – not just for the practice, but for their own learning journey.
  • Gain insight into some of the other studies that have looked into EYFS provision, including EPPE, REPEY and SPEEL.
  • Take a look at the KEEP publication from the DfES, published in 2005. This is accessible online via the courseware.
  • Learn how a practice can be improved, and how health and education services can work in unison to create a better outcome for the children in their care.

Advantages of the Course

  • 12 months unlimited access to the course content.
  • Sign in and study anytime, anywhere. All you need is an internet connection!
  • Monday to Friday customer support.
  • Get your CV to the top of the pile using the knowledge and skills you have gained.

This CACHE endorsed learning programme is delivered by Laser Learning, our official partner.

  • Self Evaluation
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Partnership with Parents
  • Fulfilling the Role of the Key Person
  • KEEP, Key Elements of Effective Practice

This package gains you two certificates, one certificate from Cache confirming your endorsed learning package, the second will cover all the modules (endorsed learning programmes) within the package.

Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Mac OS
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 8
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android



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