Understanding the Principle of Professional Development Essay

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SHC 52 Understand the principles of professional development In order to develop our knowledge further we must be able to reflect on our current practice. Reflecting on our own practice is important because it allows us to assess what we are doing well and identify areas where we might like/need more training or guidance. This will help to ensure that we are performing to the best we can and are meeting all necessary standards and expectations within our nursery’s policies and procedures. It helps individuals to think about what they are doing and to always be aware of how they work with the children, families and team members. By Reflecting on our practice we can enhance and improve our confidence and self esteem because you can look…show more content…
In my setting we reflect regularly on activities we have carried out with the children. By doing this we can look at how the activity went, things that went well and things that did not go too well. We can then look at what we could change when we do it next time. Our focused activity plans have a section for staff to evaluate how the activity went; this is part of ongoing reflective practice. Barriers to professional development The potential barriers to professional development could be: * Personal – these may be personal, social or intellectual. * Pressures from family or other commitments * Financial * Work commitments All of these barriers have the potential to be managed or overcome and it is how we do this that is important. Individuals may need support from their family, friends and work colleagues to help them work through these barriers. Personal – they may need help with understanding what is being asked, they may not feel that they have the confidence to speak in a social group or they may have a conditions e.g. dyslexia, which is causing an issue with regards to communicating/reflecting on their practice. Pressure – A person may have a lot of pressure from home, with regards to family commitments etc which are having an effect on them, we can work together to support them. Financial – people may have financial difficulties which are preventing them from progressing further
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