The Role of a Early Year Proffessional

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With emphasis from governing bodies being placed on the importance of Early Years Professional Status and coming away from the out dated term of Nursery Nurse, this essay will discuss the skills and knowledge an Early Childhood Student (ECS) needs to develop in order to become a successful Early Years Professional (EYP). The skills that will be discussed are; communication, planning, organising and creativity. The necessary knowledge of childhood development will also be discussed, such as theories surrounding play and learning. Following tragic incidents involving children whilst in care settings, Children’s Workforce Development Council reviewed the qualifications skills and knowledge people need in order to work with young children. They devised 39 standards to be demonstrated along with EYP status. An ECS should be working towards these standards, which include communication. It is important that ECSs can communicate well as they are expected to work alongside many other professionals including parents. With good communication between parents and EYPs, trusting relationships can be formed. ‘Getting communication with parents in early years settings right, is one of the most important aspects of working with young children. If it is done well, then children, their families and the organisation will flourish. Researchers found that the most effective settings, shared child-related information between parents and practitioners, often involving parents in decisions about their child's learning’. Early Years Update (2006, page no.). It is crucial to have good communication as it is used everyday in the Early Years Setting to convey information, receive important information, instruct, persuade, request, teach, develop and much more. Planning/Organising: Without the attainment of specific knowledge and skills, better outcomes for the child will not be
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