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CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elements

  1. Reflect on own practice
  2. Enhance own practice
  3. Facilitate ongoing professional development

How students participate in assessment

You are required to read and follow the instructions below. Additional instructions may be provided in your Student Handbook and supporting documentation. 

Assessment conditions

Assessment responses must demonstrate a capable understanding and consistent application of knowledge.

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  2. You MUST use the referenced learning materials to guide responses
  3. You can complete the assessment in a classroom setting or self-study environment

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The Early Childhood Education and Care training packages are vocational qualifications that are competency based. For each assessment undertaken you will be assessed as Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory. If you are assessed as ‘Not Yet Satisfactory’ the  assessor will provide you with feedback regarding what needs to be re-attempted, and the resubmission process.

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Learning materials and required readings

Students will require access to the following textbooks, readings, and websites to provide responses to the questions in this assessment.

 

Textbook reference

Kearns, K. (2020) The Big Picture, 5th ed., Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne.

Chapters 1, 3

 

 

Readings

ELearningInfographics.com. Discover your learning style infographic.

https://elearninginfographics.com/whats-your-learning-style-infographic/

Kearns, K. (2021). Developing your Learning Plan.

Kearns, K. (2020). Duty of Care.

Kearns, K. (2021) Researching and evaluating credible source of information.

Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Resilience and Self Care For early childhood professionals and school staff.

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/management/resilienceselfcare.doc

 

Legal and ethical considerations

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of legal and ethical considerations for reviewing and improving own practice.

Question 1

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (page 80) ‘Link to the National Quality Standard’ box

Match the NQS title to its description of legal and ethical standards in the table below.

NQS title

  1. 4.2 Professionalism
  2. 7.2.3 Development of professionals
  3. 4.2.1 Professional collaboration
  4. 4.2.2 Professional standards

Description

NQS title

The performance of educators, coordinators and staff members is evaluated regularly, and individual plans are put in place to support learning and development

Development of professionals

Management, educators and staff are collaborative, respectful and ethical          

Professional collaboration

Professional standards guide practice, interactions and relationships        

Professional standards

Management, educators and staff work with mutual respect and collaboratively, and

challenge and learn from each other, recognising each other’s strengths and skills

Professionalism

 

 

Question 2

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 98 -103)

Match the source document to each employee professional responsibility in the table below.

Source document

  1. EYLF, Principle 5
  2. NQS, QA 7.2.3
  3. The ECA Code of Ethics

Employee professional responsibility

Source document

In relation to myself as a professional, I will: Regard myself as a learner who undertakes reflection, critical self-study, continuing professional development and engages with contemporary theory and practice

EYLF, Principle 5

Ongoing learning and reflective practice: Educators continually seek ways to build their professional knowledge and develop learning communities

NQS, QA 7.2.3

 

Development of professionals: Educators, coordinators and staff members’ performance is regularly evaluated and individual plans are in place to support learning and development

The ECA Code of Ethics

 

Reflective practice

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of models and processes of professional reflection.

Question 3

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (page 90)

Match the term to the definition in the table below.

Terms

  1. reflection-in-action
  2. reflection-on-action
  3. reflection-for-action

Definition

Term

A proactive way of thinking about future action       

reflection-in-action

Occurs as educators make decisions in response to what happens throughout the day

reflection-on-action

Occurs after the experiences or event and allows for deeper reflection; involves thinking about what happened and asking how and why questions.

reflection-on-action

 

Question 4

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 89-90)

Select True or False for each statement about reflective practice below.

Statement

True

False

The EYLF defines reflective practice as ‘a form of ongoing learning that involves engaging with questions of philosophy, ethics and practice’

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Reflective practice can only be undertaken individually

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As a beginning educator the best way to begin reflective practice is to start with reflection on action   

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Reflective practice requires a willingness to think about, analyse and discuss one’s own practices, knowledge, skills and assumptions

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There is no advantage of working with others when engaged in reflective practice

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Reflective practice is a skill that can be developed quickly

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Ways of learning

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of information and formal ways of learning and professional development opportunities.

Question 5

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 98 -103)

Select True or False for each statement below.

Statement

True

False

Informal learning is usually self-directed and self-motivated          

 

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An example of formal learning is observing and learning from an experienced colleague

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Goal-setting assists you to make good decisions and choices

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Goal-setting doesn’t really help you in the workplace

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A learning plan describes the why of the learning process

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Formal learning typically includes workshops, webinars, conferences and training courses

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Values, beliefs and behaviours in practice

This question requires you to demonstrate that you can reflect on and recognise the effect of values, beliefs and behaviour in practice.

Question 6

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 85 - 88)

Match the term to the definition in the table below.

Terms

  1. values
  2. attitudes
  3. beliefs

Definition

Term

Things that we accept as true, which may have no factual basis, yet can be quite powerful and need to be challenged or carefully examined on a regular basis.

beliefs

 

The principles or standards of behaviour that reflect judgments about what is held to be important in life.

attitudes

Learned predispositions of thinking or reacting towards a situation, group or concept.

 

values

 

 

Rights, responsibilities and boundaries

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers and work role boundaries.

Question 7

 

Textbook reference

Kearns, K. (2020) The Big Picture, 5th ed., Cengage Learning Australia, Melbourne.

Chapter 1 (page 5, 6, 11, 12, 13-14)

  1. What is the meaning of a job role?

 

 

Job role defines the position of the person on the team in the company.

 

  1. Explain the meaning of job responsibilities.

 

 

Job responsibility is the duties and responsibilities of a significant job.

 

 

  1. All educators have a responsibility to reflect on their job roles and responsibilities.

Refer to the scenario ‘My role as a beginning Certificate III Educator’. (pp 6-7). From the scenario, list two of Dom’s statements that include self-reflection.

        An example is: I want to do well but I am scared I might make mistakes or forget what I must do.

 

My job role is an educator for Certificate 3, I want to fulfill my job responsibilities but I am scared that I can forget my job role can cause a mistake that can hamper my personal growth.

It is always our own self that we find in the end, that’s why we must make the journey worthwhile.

 

 

 

 

 

Duty of Care

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of duty of care.

Question 8

 

Reading

Duty of Care (2020). Kearns, K.

  1. How is duty of care defined?

 

It is the legal obligation that provides safety from others being harmed while they are under the caring of the individual. For example, Students under the Educators.

 

 

  1. Choose one of the steps under the heading how duty of care applies to educators and describe how you as an educator could reflect/review on ensuring this is met in your role. An example has been given to assist you with this task (think about legal and ethical considerations).

 

An example is providing suitable and safe premises - When I am setting up the daily play environments I am reflecting on the health and safety of the children by ensuring the equipment is safe and age appropriate.

 

When I set my daily plan as an educator, I ensure that I can provide safety and secure environment to the students who are under my care. I want to make sure that they are emotionally and socially safe under my guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting on own values

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of reflecting on and recognising the effects of your values, beliefs and behaviours on work practices.

Question 9

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 87 - 89)

When working with young children, it is important to reflect on your personal values, attitudes and beliefs and to consider how they impact on your daily practices.

  1. Read the Scenarios in ‘A clash of values’ (page 87). How have Eden’s personal values impacted on her opinion of Kevin’s parents?

 

Eden’s personal values were overwhelming for Kevin parents. They have different values then Eden’s that led to value clash among them.

 

 

  1. Reflect on each of the questions below.

Question

My values attitudes or beliefs

What do I believe about how children should behave?

 

. In my opinion, children must be in the manner and they must be obedient to their parents.

 

What do I consider to be good or bad parenting?

Good parenting is letting children be children.

Bad parenting is tiger parenting the children and putting a burden in their lifestyle.

What do I believe to be the fundamental rights of young children?

The rights of the children are to be free of burdens and can enjoy their lives.

What do I believe about children who attend the service five days a week?

I believe that they should be able to express their individuality and be free from all the burden.

  1. How might the beliefs, attitudes or values identified above impact on my relationships with children, families or other educators at the service?

 

My values can be strong headed and it can clash with the values of conservatives. My relationship with children are very nice as they are free from judgement. With Adults its quite different, the judgment that is passed by them for me being little different from them can hamper the relationship. As for my family, they can be little conservative too, which can lead to often bickering and clash in the values.

 

 

 

 

 

Question 10

Reflect on each belief and describe how it might influence the behaviour of an educator working in a children’s education and care setting.

Educator: ‘I have no problem with same-sex marriage but I disagree with same-sex couples raising children.’

 

This indicates the difference in the difference of the opinion. The nature of discrimination indicates that educators are discriminatory against LGBTQ groups.  

 

 

Educator: ‘I believe it’s very important to teach children manners. These young parents are just too easy-going!’

 

The educators is hard and judgmental towards the parenting of the Young generation.

 

 

 

Educator: ‘I believe all families need help at some stage when raising children. It’s a tough job!’

 

The educator is friendly and understanding, he can understand the need and requirements of the family.

 

 

 

 

 

Educator: ‘Children of the 21st century are digital natives. I believe that technology should be integrated into all aspects of our program in much the same way as we do with play.

 

The educator is understanding the need of the time and trying to cope with the generation and it not judgmental about the changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Development

These questions require you to demonstrate your knowledge of professional development opportunities including training options and industry networking.

Question 11

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (page 103)

To be an effective educator you must embrace continuous learning and improvement. Knowing where and how to access information is an important skill in your learning journey.

  1. List two ways you can learn from experienced senior educators.

 

Their action and their interpretation.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. List two other ways you can keep yourself informed and up-to-date.

 

Daily update about the environment and notice the change in the situation without being judgmental.

 

 

 

 

 

Question 12

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (page 105) ‘Online Resources’ box

Locate and describe two sources where educators can access professional development learning opportunities to support training requirements. The websites listed on page 105 are a good place to start.

 

Student tip

·         A good source of information on training can be found on the ECA and Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) website.

·         You can also ask your workplace colleagues about their professional development.

 

Sources of professional development and learning

Source 1

Name of Source/Organisation: Google scholar

 

How it can be accessed: online

 

A description of the range and type of learning opportunities. (e.g. topics, how the learning is delivered, cost, timeframe etc.):

 

Source 2

Name of Source/Organisation: Academia

 

How it can be accessed: online

 

A description of the range and type of learning opportunities. (e.g. topics, how the learning is delivered, cost, timeframe etc.):

 

 

Exploring current and emerging industry development

This question requires you to demonstrate that you can access and review information about current and emerging industry developments and reflect on how this information might help you improve your practices.

Question 13

 

Reading

Kearns, K. (2021) Researching and evaluating credible source of information.

Research, identify and report on a current issue, topic, development that may influence an aspect of children’s education and care services (including issues related to yourself as an early childhood educator), and fill in the table below.

 

Student tip

It’s important to use credible resources when researching to update your skills.

Listed below are a range of sites you could access to explore current and emerging industry developments.

·         Early Childhood Australia

-          Webwatch – http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/eca-webwatch/

-          The Spoke-  http://thespoke.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/

-          Learning Hub- https://learninghub.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/

·         The Conversation – Early Childhood: https://theconversation.com/au/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=early+childhood

·        Beyond Blue – Mentally Healthy Communities

https://beyou.edu.au/learn/mentally-healthy-communities

·         Reconciliation Australia – What is reconciliation?

https://www.reconciliation.org.au/what-is-reconciliation/

·         Early Learning Association Australia

e-News: https://elaa.org.au/media-news/elaa-e-news/

·         The Guardian – Childcare Australia

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/childcare

·         Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) – Amplify

https://www.cela.org.au/amplify/

 

Report: Current and emerging industry developments

Name of topic:

Childcare

Briefly state why this topic is of interest to you:

I am always fascinated by the childcare and development of the child life.

A summary of the topic/issue and how it relates to the children’s education and care industry. (250-500 words):

Care may be determined for youngsters by a variety of things and groups. Care helped by analogous-old youngsters covers a sort of developmental and intellectual belongings in two together caregivers and charge. This is on account of their insane development in the case of not being capable to progress according to the highest authority at their age. As per the view of Rho et al. (2020), this care-bestowing part concedes the possibility of also passing away for one juvenile's relatives. Another form of childcare namely on the rise in contrast to ancestral care bestowing is that of centre-located day-care. In lieu of ancestral caregiving, these maturities concede the possibility take to rewarding caretakers, orphanages, or support residences to provide care, residence, and scholarship. Australia has a wide range of child care, but for the inner location of the country, childcare is not up to the benchmarks. There are certain rules for childcare in rural and urban areas by the government.

 

information regarding childcare can be used in improving the area of childcare. More creative approaches can be used in the area that can be helpful in enhancing childcare and giving more care to all the children that are in dire need (Harry et al.2022). The caretakers and caregivers can be trained properly which can help them in assisting the children properly.

 

 

 

 

References (detail all sources of information you used):

 

 

Rho, H. J., Brown, H., & Fremstad, S. (2020). A basic demographic profile of workers in frontline industries. Center for economic and policy research7(10).  Retrieved on 12 May 2023 From: https://axelkra.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-04-Frontline-Workers.pdf

Harry, E. M., Carlasare, L. E., Sinsky, C. A., Brown, R. L., Goelz, E., Nankivil, N., & Linzer, M. (2022). Childcare stress, burnout, and intent to reduce hours or leave the job during the COVID-19 pandemic among US health care workers. JAMA network open5(7), e2221776-e2221776. Retrieved on 12 May 2023 From: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/articlepdf/2794300/harry_2022_oi_220618_1657299015.27612.pdf

 

Learning style

This task requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of learning styles and how they relate to different individuals.

Question 14

 

Reading

What’s your learning style infographic. ELearningInfographics.com

https://elearninginfographics.com/whats-your-learning-style-infographic/

  1. Briefly describe each learning style in the table below.

Learning style

Brief description

1. Visual (Spatial)

Visual

I refer the pictures, color and images while I communicate with others.

2. Logical (Mathematical)

Logical

I prefer using the logical math. I can understand the pattern very easily.

3. Aural (Auditory-Musical)

 

I prefer using the logical math. I can understand the pattern very easily.

4. Verbal (Linguistic)

 

I love to express myself, written as well as verbal.

5. Social (Interpersonal)

 

I love to express my ideas to people and enjoy the constructive feedback.

6. Solitary (Interpersonal)

 

I am an independent person and a private mentality.

7. Physical (Kinesthetic)

 

I love to be involved in the physical activities more often. I love movement.

  1. Which style (or styles) do you prefer?

 

I prefer Verbal style more.

 

 

 

Goal setting

This task requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of the elements of a personal development plan.

Question 15

 

Textbook reference

The Big Picture (5th edition) by Karen Kearns

Chapter 3 (pp. 100 -103)

 

 

Reading

Developing your Learning Plan. (2021) Karen Kearns

  1. In the table below, briefly describe each of the steps in the learning plan cycle.

Step

Brief description

1. What do I need to know, understand or do?

I need to understand my Values and ethics.

2. Why? (how it relates to my job role and responsibilites)

 

 

This will help in my personal as well as career growth.

3. How? (what learning strategis will I use?

 

I will follow my seniors and learn to adaptability.

4. When (what time period should I set?

 

It will take few months

5. Monitoring and evaluating (how will I evaluate my progress and outcomes?)

I will regularly monitor my progress on a weekly basis.

  1. Developing a learning plan requires that you develop a learning goal. Refer to your textbook and list the six benefits of personal goal-setting in relation to professional learning.

 

I need to understand my Values and ethics, I will understand the value of job roles and responsibilities. 

  1. Written goals can be a powerful motivator, especially if written as SMART goals. SMART

stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/relevant and Time-limited.

Using the dot points in Figure 3.16, briefly describe each step of the SMART framework.

Step

Brief description

1.      S (Specific)

Be specific about the goal

2.  M (Measurable)

 

Measure the timeline

3. A (Achievable)

 

Set achievable goals

4. R (Realistic and Relevant)

 

Be realistic and set easy goals

5. T (Time Limited)

 

The time should be maintained and regulated.

Self-Care

This question requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of recognising requirements for self-care and requirements for additional support.

Question 16

 

Reading

Resilience and Self-Care for early childhood professionals and school staff. Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/management/resilienceselfcare.doc

  1. According to the reading, what can self-care strategies assist people with?

 

People must care about mental health and work on the development of wellbeing and self-care.

 

  1. List one strategy to assist you for each of the following areas:

Area

Strategy

Stress Management

The stress level must be maintained, and the nature for the mental health must be maintain

Connectedness

 

The people must be connected with their love beings.

Physical and mental wellbeing

 

The working on the mental and physical health is very important. It help in the personal growth and career growth as well.

  1. It’s important to know when to seek help. List five occasions when someone may wish to seek additional help.

 

Meetings, online workshop, schools, collage, seminars

Simulated Workplace Task: Seeking and Reflecting on Feedback

This question requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of actively seeking and reflecting on feedback from clients, organisations or other relevant sources.

Question 17

Read the scenario and answer the questions.

Feedback Part I

Director of Blue Bay Early Learning Centre is pleased with the progress made by the team to collect feedback from families and support agencies.  The surveys and interviews meet the requirements of NQS 6.1. and 6.2.3 (engagement with families and community).

Kate has established two team to review the surveys, write a summary, highlighting key feedback and suggest actions that might be taken in response to the feedback.

While not all suggestions can be actioned Kate anticipates that a number of improvements can be made to better meet the needs of families and the agencies who support the service.

Kate is aware of the importance of sharing positive feedback with the team and is pleased to see that many parents have expressed their support for services and the care provided to children and families.

  1. How was feedback collected from the families and agencies?

 

The families and the agencies have mix-up feedback regarding the progress. Some believe that there is still some area that requires adequate attention for progress. Some of them believe that the efforts are more then enough.

 

 

  1. List the two ways Kate intends to use the feedback.

 

The feedback is mix-up of constructive criticism and nice suggestion this will be used by Kat for ensure the progress of the program.

 

 

Feedback Part II

The teams reviewing the feedback make the following key recommendations for consideration:

For families:

Adjust opening and closing hours: 7am (instead of 7.30am) and 6pm (instead of 5.30pm) to allow extra travel time for families who commute to/from the city for work.

Add to the existing intranet site for families to include links to easy-to-read parenting information (including videos).

Develop a system which would allow parent’s rushing to catch a train to quickly share information of a non-urgent nature (but important for the child’s care) e. didn’t sleep well last night, hasn’t had breakfast, grandmother will collect child today etc.

Schedule extra family fun nights (very popular as it allows parents to informally interact with educators).

For agencies:

Add an intranet site on the existing service platform for communication with agencies working with children and/or families to allow for the secure exchange of information.

After discussion with the team Kate has agreed to implement all of the key recommendations.

 

 

  1. In relation to families, explain how each action supports the parent-service relationship.

Adjusting operating hours:

 

 

“7 am (instead of 7.30 am) and 6pm (instead of 5.30 pm)”

 

 

Adding links to intranet site:

 

 

More sites will be added in the link.

 

 

System to quickly share information:

 

 

The online and seminar will be held.

 

 

Extra family fun nights:

 

Family night and fun organisation will be held for better environment.

 

 

  1. In relation to agencies explain how the suggested action supports a better working relationship.

 

The action must be taken for better response and more effort is required for better response

 

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