Quality in the Early Years is based on the respected educational goals and practice of the cultural communities making up a society. A definition of quality in the early years differs by the perspectives of each of the settings stakeholders (Huntsman, 2008). It comprises of a range of things that change between and depends entirely on the needs of each individual. Today in Ireland early year’s educators in settings throughout the country are increasingly more challenged to provide quality services that meet both the requirements and expectations of each child attending their settings and also their families (CECDE, 2006). Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has in many countries become a policy priority. The growing body of research …show more content…
For all the personnel working in the Early Years both here in Ireland and internationally, improving quality experiences for all young children is therefore a priority of theirs (Reed & Canning, 2011). The Norwegian leading experts in the field of early education like all adopt a more holistic approach to child development and focus on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the skills for tomorrow (Hasan,2007) (Cited by OECD 2006).Compared to Ireland, Nordic countries in particular have comprehensive around services for families with young children. This may be related as to why Governments chose to invest or not in early years (OECD, 2011). In Norway, the private and public sector providers receive money from the government to provide childcare. Low income parents can either obtain this for free or at a low cost. Those who are on higher wages pay income-contingent fees. Providers are properly regulated and are obliged to ensure high quality to receive their payment. It is a much more efficient system and it guarantees quality. This sort of audacious reform may be needed in Ireland to ensure quality is of a high standard in …show more content…
Ireland should at least make it a compulsory factor that all staff should have a minimum of a level 6 degree in childcare before being hired. Better qualifications can lead to better quality provisions. One similarity between Norway and Ireland is that both countries do however use the incredible years programme. This programme aims to promote social competence, problem solving, emotional regulation and reduce unacceptable behaviours in children (Incredible Years, 2013). What really matters is the ability of the staff to create a high-quality pedagogic environment that makes the difference for
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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was introduced into England and Wales to try and provide a standard framework for childrenâ€TMs care, learning and development. It followed on from the government report Every Child Matters (ECM) which described how all children should achieve outcomes; â€¢ Staying safe â€¢ Being healthy â€¢ Enjoying and achieving â€¢ Making a positive contribution â€¢ Achieving economic well-being The government provides funding for every child aged 3 and 4 to receive 15 hours a week Early Years education (38 weeks a year). This follows the EYFS and it enables children from all social backgrounds to have the same opportunity to receive education and therefore more easily achieve the outcomes above.
This also focuses attention on the important role of the key person/ key worker in a safeguarding high-quality care and learning experiences for young children. Practitioners have established that the mandatory welfare necessities are important for the early year’s basic safety, security and health. These also require to reassure parents and carers that their children will experience a good level of care in all settings. Each principle of the EYFS has four obligations which show practitioners which are putting the principle into practice, therefore supporting children in meeting the outcomes set out in the government’s programme for children, Every Child Matters which also supports the holistic development (Hughes and Doherty, 2009). However, some parts of the sector must have found it hard to provide the learning and development needs of the EYFS.
In an early years setting their a variety of different children that have certain needs that need to be met in order for them to be healthy, safe, secure and welcomed into the setting. Therefore if a child had a problem which led to them being in need of a wheelchair constantly while in the setting. Then their needs would have to be met in a variety of ways for example someone needing to push the child to get around the nursery correctly, having support to complete tasks, someone holding the doors open to allow the child to join in outdoor activities and finally helping the child to get ready into the correct wear for example if they need a coat on to go outside. Although when doing activities for example outdoor play and learning how to catch and throw the ball over the parachute.
We create a positive and secure environment, working to ensure all children feel safe, appreciated and important. We do this by being inclusive, treating each child as an individual and promoting mutual respect. One of the most natural factors of being an Early Years Practitioner is nurturing the children in our care, this is salient in creating healthy attachments in children. We show this by using positive body language when interacting with children, we show them we are interested to help develop their sense of attachment and security. We are sensitive and attend to their needs, children
Safeguarding is an umbrella term that involves everything we do in the setting to insure children and young people are kept safe and healthy. The local education authority is required to take a lead role in ensuring the safety of children and young people but safeguarding should and must be the concern of everyone in the community. All public services, not just those that provide services to children and young people have a role in safeguarding children and young people. The 2008 Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is underpinned by the positive outcomes of Every Child Matters and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (UN,1989) which places a duty of care on Early Years Practitioners and Managers to Safeguard
Education is at the forefront of most new parent’s minds, which is why there is so much pressure on choosing a good preschool. Parents want to make sure that they give their children the best possible start to education, in order to create a solid foundation for success late in life. However, in society today, expectations placed on preschoolers are becoming more demanding, a trend that could have many negative consequences on the development of children. This idea is discussed in the article The New Preschool is Crushing Kids written by Erika Christakis. Christakis interconnects the audience, speaker, and subject as well as uses appeals to logic, emotion, and credibility to craft a strong and effective argument about how preschool has started to place too many expectations on preschoolers.
D1/D2/A1 This piece of work will be focusing on a child aged 18 months starting a nursery day care setting. The two key issues that will be looked at in this assignment will be planning, preparing and reviewing for the child to settling into the setting. Secondly I will be looking into the child’s emotional support that the child may need when starting the setting, along with the attachments of the child that will need to be built or have already been put in place. When planning for a child to start a new setting there will be certain things that will need to be taken into consideration, for example; the child at hand may have never been separated from their primary carers beforehand.
This is to make sure that the quality of the services provided is adequate for every individual child and young person. Throughout the inspection information will be gathered based on the practice they are observing as well as what they learn from the pupils using the service. The evidence gathered along with other information will be used to make a proffesional judgement on the services given and then it will be published in an OFSTED report. This report will contain the quality of provision in the National Curriculum subjects and aspects of childcare, social care, education as well as learning and skills. OFSTED will also act as a regulator in checking that staff, premises and the services provided are suitable to care and educate children and potenially at risk young people.
Within this theoretical discussion I will address how current principles of early years’ pedagogy have been affected by the work of pioneers of early years’ education. Modern day Early Years Education has been hugely influenced and built upon the ideas and theories of historic and current pioneers and legislation. The statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is a legal document that sets out the standards required for the development, care and learning of children aged birth to 5 years. The EYFS must be followed by all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers. Within the EYFS it is stated that “Every Child deserves the best possible start in life and support that enables them to fulfil their potential” and therefore
NAEYC argued for salaries and benefits to be linked to qualifications and responsibilities. In 1999, Child and Youth Care forum published a series of articles in a symposium on the professionalization of the early childhood care through developing a positive relationship between professional development and the status and salaries of the childcare staff. The need for improved child outcomes, quality programs, and teacher qualifications has continued to frame the discussion around professional status. The improved wages for childcare staff was still missing from major initiatives. Unless, childcare staff wages were included in all the initatives, the efforts to improve program quality and child outcomes would be very
In this essay I will be considering how innovations in theory, policy and research have influenced the development of coordination, partnership and integration in childhood practice in my childcare setting in Scotland. I will analyse the development of policies concerning children and young people in relation to my setting and the professional groups involved within my setting. This will include the introduction of building the ambition and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which from 2016 will enforce the need for the named person to take any concerns seriously and report as required. It will also increase provision to 600 hours which in turn will help to safeguard vulnerable two year olds by placing them into early year’s
Introduction “The sooner the better” is the ideal tag line for early childhood education. The experiences of children in their early years
As many would guess education is likely the main thing that someone who hires an early childhood professional looks at. This along with someones work background are very important parts to hiring an early childhood professional. Although these are very important, there are many other very important things that are looked for when hiring an early childhood professional. In the article “12 Characteristics of Effective Early Childhood Teacher”, on NAEYC.org, Laura J. Colker talks about what makes a good early childhood educator.
Introduction In early childhood education, it is important for teachers to always consider and understand children and the families’ needs. Early childhood teachers cannot only work with their colleagues to face children and the families’ needs but also need to work with multi-disciplinary to collaborate the ideas with each other and discuss the best outcome for the children and the families in early childhood education setting together. So, the more explanation about the multi-disciplinary team is that teachers with different professionals such as psychologists, child social worker, police, adult social worker, health visitor or court working together to provide different services and support for children and the families’ needs. They are diverse professional groups who work together in order to collaborate, reflect, access and support children’s development, health and learning and also families' needs.
The Open University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education PTD38 Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (2014-2015) ASSIGNMENT 1 MY PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION Student Number: 11396646 Student: CHENG KA YIU, YOYO Class: U09A Course Code: EDU4017EP Course Title: Introduction to Early Childhood Education Instructor: Ms. Hailey Chan Programme Leader: Dr. Eunice Yim Submission Date: 14 November 2014