Unit CU 2942 Promote Professional Development Emma Drake
Understand principles of professional development
1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice
Developing your professional ability is vital amongst the childcare spectrum as things are changing all the time. As a professional, I have a professional responsibility to engage in continuous professional development. This means taking action to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and seeking to improve my capabilities across the range of tasks I carry out daily.
Continually improving my knowledge is essential to my role and ensures that I have skills and knowledge needed to create the best provision for children. I need to be aware of the most up to date legislations and guidelines, including the EYFS and welfare requirements.
As a room leader it is within my role to ensure the staff within my room are also up to date with any changes and to guide and support them.
Reflective practice is effective and a huge part of professional development. It enables me to look at my practice and see what we are doing well and the changes that need to be made.
Improving my own knowledge and practice is valuable not just for myself but for my staff, my setting and the children within my care.
1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development
Potential barriers to professional development could include:
* Lack of resources
* Poor communication
* Staff shortages
* No encouragement from superior members of staff
* No time to train
* Transport problems
* Stubbornness to admit training is needed
* Inadequate appraisal systems that would highlight training needed
* Possible language barriers
* Childcare problems when training arranged when no childcare available
The barriers I face are when training is arranged but I cannot go due to staff illness or no staff available to cover. Also, when the...