Essay Reflections and Personal Development
Engage in Personal Development in Health and Social Care or Children’s and Young Peoples Settings
Understand what is required for competence in own work role
There are a huge range of jobs within the Early years sector, and the duties and responsibilities of these roles vary enormously. So it is important that you understand what is required of you in your own specific job role.
This will be set out in your job description issued by the setting. The duties and responsibilities will often be expressed as tasks. For an example, if you are working in baby room of a nursery, tasks listed on your job description may include:
- meet the emotional and physical care needs of babies sensitively.
- make regular …show more content…
There are many methods that can be used to reflect on your practice, as I have explained below. These are known as ‘reflective analysis techniques’.
- Questioning what, why and how
Imagine that a practitioner has experienced previous difficulty keeping children seated at story time. Today one child got up and took another child’s cushion, causing them to cry. The practitioner may question, What actually happened and why did the event occur? How did I respond and why ?’.
‘How else could I have handled things?
-Keeping an open mind
‘There could be a better way to handle or prevent such situations’.
-Viewing from different prospective
‘How might colleagues have responded? How were the children involved feeling at the time?’.
-Asking ‘what if’
‘what if I’d given children more time to settle in their seats?’.
-Thinking about consequences
‘A colleague came to deal with the situation while I tried to carry on with the story. But what would have happened if I’d stopped reading the story to the rest of the group until the situation was resolved?’.
-Testing ideas through comparing and contrasting
‘What similar events have I experienced, and were they handled effectively? Could techniques used then work in this situation? Did my actions compare or contrast with policies and values of my setting?’
‘The process of gathering different ideas from different sources.