Developing a love of learning in your team

Developing a love of learning in your team

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Continuous Professional Development (CPD) will enhance your team’s knowledge and helps them to adapt to changing regulations and requirements, grow and develop as early years specialists and to develop areas of interest and specialisms. CPD fosters a culture of lifelong learning and reflective practice among early years professionals, can lead to career advancement and better job opportunities in the field and supports staff in delivering high-quality education and meeting the diverse needs of children in their care.

Training for early years practitioners can have significant benefits for both the practitioners themselves and the children and families they support.

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For Early Years Practitioners:

  • Enhances Knowledge: Training provides practitioners with updated knowledge and expertise in child development, teaching methods, and best practices in early years education.
  • Improves Skills: It helps practitioners develop essential skills such as communication, observation, and problem-solving, which are vital for effective teaching and caregiving.
  • Boosts Confidence: Training instils confidence in practitioners, allowing them to deliver high-quality care and education to young children.
  • Promotes Reflective Practice: It encourages practitioners to reflect on their teaching methods, leading to continuous improvement in their practices.
  • Supports Career Development: Training can open up career advancement opportunities and improve job satisfaction for early years practitioners.

For Children and Families:

  • Quality Education: Well-trained practitioners provide a higher quality of education and care for young children.
  • Safe and Nurturing Environment: Training ensures practitioners can create safe, nurturing, and stimulating environments where children can thrive.
  • Individualised Support: Practitioners with training can better identify and address the individual needs of each child, promoting their overall development.
  • Parent Engagement: Trained practitioners can effectively communicate and collaborate with families, involving parents in their child’s learning journey.
  • Continuity of Care: Training helps practitioners build strong relationships with children and families, ensuring continuity of care and consistent support.

Fostering a positive attitude towards training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) among your team of early years educators is crucial for their growth and the improvement of your setting. Here’s how you can develop a love of learning with your team:

 

  1. Communicate the Benefits: 

  • Explain how training and CPD can enhance their skills, boost their confidence, and advance their careers.
  • Emphasise how it ultimately benefits the children and families they support by providing higher-quality education and care.
  1. Set Clear Expectations:

  • Clearly define the expectations for participation in training and CPD activities.
  • Show how it aligns with your setting’s vision and values.
  1. Provide Support:

  • Offer resources and assistance to help your team access relevant training opportunities.
  • Provide time for learning and encourage a work-life balance that allows for personal development.
  1. Recognise and Reward:

  • Acknowledge and reward achievements in training and CPD, whether through certificates, incentives, or public recognition.
  • Celebrate success stories to inspire others.
  1. Make it Relevant:

  • Tailor training and CPD opportunities to the specific needs and interests of your team.
  • Connect the content to their daily work and challenges.
  1. Foster a Learning Culture:

  • Encourage a culture of continuous learning where sharing knowledge and experiences happens regularly and is prioritised and valued.
  • Provide opportunities for peer learning and mentoring within the team.
  1. Lead by Example:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to learning by participating in training and CPD activities yourself.
  • Show that you value and prioritise professional development.
  1. Gather Feedback:

  • Ask for feedback on training experiences and use it to improve future offerings.
  • Make adjustments based on your team’s preferences and needs.
  1. Measure Impact:

  • Assess the impact of training and CPD on your team’s performance and the quality of education provided.
  • Share positive outcomes and improvements.
  1. Be Patient and Encouraging: 

  • Understand that not everyone may embrace training immediately, and it may take time for attitudes to change.  
  • Provide encouragement and support for those who may initially be resistant.

Creating a positive attitude towards training and CPD involves fostering a culture of learning and growth within your team. By emphasising the benefits, offering support, and leading by example, you can motivate your team to actively engage in their professional development and develop a love of learning.

Some fantastic, free early years CPD that is currently available includes:

The Early Years Professional Development Programme – https://www.earlyyearspdp.com/

Observing Children – https://learn.sssc.uk.com/observing/

Attachment in the Early Years – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/early-years/attachment-the-early-years/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

Early Years Team Work and Leadership – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/childhood-youth/early-years-team-work-and-leadership/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

Supporting Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/supporting-childrens-mental-health-and-wellbeing/content-section-overview?active-tab=content-tab

For more information about how to use Nursery Story to support CPD in your setting visit nurserystory.co.uk.

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