Continuous Professional Development… How important is it?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a crucial part of a person’s working career. To succeed in any working environment can be challenging. Continuing to develop and grow your skills and knowledge, can make that challenge so much easier and more enjoyable.
It’s important to plan, make time and record CPD properly. It will help you reflect and evaluate your development and help you better understand how you will implement your new knowledge and skills into your practice. A record of your CPD also provides evidence of development which is something you can showcase to Ofsted inspectors during inspections.
Performance management and professional development
88. Inspectors will gather evidence of the effectiveness of staff supervision, performance management, training and continuing professional development, and the impact of these on children’s well-being, learning and development. This includes evidence on how effectively leaders engage with staff and make sure they are aware of and manage any of the main pressures on them https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/828465/Early_years_inspection_handbook.pdf (page 19 Early Years Inspection Handbook)
Promoting CPD can support a healthy learning environment leading to a more fulfilled team and better staff retention by helping staff feel more valued.
What are the benefits of CPD?
– Increase skills and knowledge of staff
– Improve outcomes for children and the setting
– Helps staff reflect on their practice
– Allows staff to develop and improve self-esteem and confidence
– Boosts morale
– Supports staff in keeping up to date with policy and research
The EYFS 2017 states:-
The overall quality of a provision depends on all practitioners having appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
Providers must support staff to undertake appropriate training and professional development opportunities to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for children that continually improves. (EYFS 2017 pg20: 3.20)
So, what should CPD be?…
– Ongoing – just like children, our learning should be continual
– Reflective – think about what you’ve learnt, how will this be implemented, how will it benefit you and the setting?
– Planned around staff’s needs – make it meaningful and effective
– Linked with the settings development plans – make sure that the setting is developing as well as individuals
How do you know what you and your staff need?
I don’t know about you, but I always find getting organised and making a list makes everything a whole lot easier, from planning to implementation so here’s a few suggestions to get you thinking about what your list could look like…
– Current role – what is needed? Skills, knowledge, qualifications?
– Gaps – any gaps identified to support or develop the current role?
– What is available? – opportunities/courses available to help develop skills and knowledge. Make sure the learning objectives are going to meet your requirements
– Talk about it – discuss with your staff/manager, do they have any suggestions/advice?
– Funding – Consider costs, is it value for money? Can you justify costs involved? Will the benefits out way any costs?
– Progression – what extra skills and knowledge do I need to progress in my career?
– Updates – have there been any changes to the Inspection Framework, how do
CPD comes in various forms, it’s not just about attending structured learning like training sessions or college. It’s a combination of learning, be that in a classroom, on-line via e-learning, Network meetings, listening to Early Years speakers, podcasts, reading case studies and books from different experts, or even delving into the latest updates. The more you learn and understand about your environment and the job you do, the better you become.
What evidence do you need to support your development?
Make a specific folder for your CPD. If you attend any courses, workshops or conferences – make sure you receive your certificate of attendance. If you then disseminate this information at your next staff meeting – make sure it’s in the minutes of the meeting and a copy goes into your folder. Have you been working with a colleague or other professionals? Have you learnt something new? Again, make sure you make a note of any development, learning and new skills and add it to your records. It all adds up!
You should also make a note to reflect on what you have been learning, add it to your folder… how will this benefit you? your setting? and the children? What are you going to change at your setting/in your role as a result of your learning? It’s no good if you don’t put your new knowledge to good use. Putting your reflections in your folder means that you can revisit any ideas and information whenever you need to.
And don’t forget…
As every child is different, so is every adult – the inspiration and influence you provide as individual Early Years Professionals will help shape and develop each and every child in your care.
Looking for courses to support your CPD needs, here’s a list of all our October courses:-
NEW Workshop: FGM
Fri 04/10/2019 13:00-14:30, Martenscroft Nursery School & Children’s Centre, £22.00 each
Workshop: Maths on a Budget
Tue 08/10/2019 18:00-20:00, Martenscroft Nursery School & Children’s Centre, £30.00 each
Aiming High in the EYFS
Wed 09/10/2019 09:30-12:30, Martenscroft Nursery School & Children’s Centre, £38.00 each
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Fri 11/10/2019 09:30-15:30, Moss Side Children’s Centre, £70.00 each
Social Media and the Business Benefits
Tue 15/10/2019 09:30-12:30, First House Stockport, £38.00 each
British Values and the Prevent Duty
Wed 16/10/2019 09:30-12:00, First House Stockport, £35.00 each
Promoting Staff Wellbeing
Tue 22/10/2019 09:30-12:30, Honeywell Centre Oldham, £38.00 each
Supporting Children who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Thu 24/10/2019 13:00-16:00, Leap Children’s & Families Centre Ashton, £38.00 each