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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 20 Mins
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Skill Level

Trainee / Apprentice


20 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos


Reflective educator is someone who is able to look at their overall practice, including the environment provided to children, the activities that help children to learn and develop. They can look at what is going well, what might need to change in order for their practice to improve. Effective reflective practice is consistent and always works towards reflecting every day to ensure we are providing children with the best possible learning environments and outcomes possible. In this class Emily explores how we can embed reflective practice into our settings, as well as the benefits that come with reflective practice.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. What Is Reflective Practice?


In this first lesson Emily explains what reflective practice actually is and why it's such an important skill to master in the world of early years. Children in the early years develop so fast and with this their needs and interests dramatically alter week by week. Incorporating reflective practice into what you do is an important step in ensuring your meetings the development needs of your children!

2. How Can You Embed Reflective Practice Into Your Setting?


In this lesson Emily explains some simple steps you can follow to embed reflective practice into your setting. Through just a few simple strategies leadership teams can easily reap the rewards that come from spending just a small amount of time engaging with reflective practice.

3. The Benefits Of Reflective Practice


Next up in lesson 3 Emily highlights the many benefits that come from engaging with the concept of reflective practice. Incorporating reflective practice into your day to day routine not only benefits your children's learning, but also significantly benefits your teams progression and individual development.

4. What Does Good Leadership Look Like?


Quality reflective practice and team development requires strong leadership, which is why In this final lesson Emily delves into what a good leader looks like and how you can inspire your teams!

5. Outro: Reflective Practice In The Early Years


Emily signs off this class with a final video recapping what we've learnt from this class, as well as, some areas to work on moving forward within your early years setting!

Meet your teacher

Having worked in early years since the age of 16 early childhood learning means everything to me, which is why I'm so passionate about ensuring a platform dedicated to our communities learning exists. I've experienced first hand the lack of genuine and affordable learning opportunities that exist within early years and trying to provide my teams with high quality and flexible training on a non-existent budget is an impossible task. Its our mission to change this.

'We wouldn't be without The Early Years Network.'

Investing in meaningful and affordable training is always something we are looking to do. The Early Years Network puts all our in-house training under one roof and is extremely affordable compared to other avenues we've gone down in the past. Having inspired, motivated and passionate staff members is what drives us to be our best, The Earl Years Network has given us opportunities to provide meaningful training in a fun and informative way.

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Unfortunately for the time being videos are only available in English, but maybe one day...

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We cover everything Early Years from ‘Cognitive Development Theories’, to the science behind play and even how to build the best rocket ship out of cardboard (you won't want to miss that video!). If you can think of a topic in early years we've probably got a video on it!

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