1.1 Explain The Importance Of Reflective Practice
2.1 Being able to reflect on practice is a vital skill that is required in order to become and stay a professional, successful childcare practitioner. Reflective practice has a variety of benefits within settings; these benefits can be gained through different strategies, such as, the reflective cycle, reviews, staff meetings, assessments and observations with constructive feedback.
‘Reflection is an essential part of working with children in any setting.’ (Childcare and education 4th edition)
In 1998, Gibbs created a 6 stage reflective cycle: 1. Description – what happened? 2. Feelings – what were you feeling? 3. Evaluation – what were the positives and negatives? 4. Analysis – what sense can you make of the …show more content…
By having an understanding of a child’s past and current experiences and interests it allows the practitioner to piece together an image of the child’s ability level, likes and dislikes and allows them to plan for new activities that would suit each child and plan for next steps for the child to reach.
Two of the principles within the EYFS framework is ‘A Unique Child’ and ‘Learning and Development’ these are important reasons why a child’s interests and experiences should be valued as every child is unique. Therefore no child will have had the same experiences and interests, it is important that for each child that comes into the setting that practitioners have a blank canvas in their minds and not a pre-conceived image of what they child will be like, practitioners should not assume but learn from the child, as well as their parents and past key