Professional Development

Task (100% of total marks): Produce an appropriate professional development plan based on your appraisal (2500 words)

During the 1990’s the care and education of children in early year’s settings were seen as two different job roles. The nursery nurses were there to provide for the physical and health needs of children, whilst teachers were seen as the educators. Nursery nurses formed part of an expanding workforce that were expected to perform on a professional level but at the same time were not appropriately qualified, were undervalued and were also severely less well paid in comparison to teachers.

Since the introduction of the School and Children’s Workforce Initiative (2006) the role of the nursery nurse has changed dramatically. It is now recognised that the job is multidisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of health, education and social care. This has resulted in nursery nurses now being called childcare practitioners.

According to the Rumbold Report (1990) the early years are a time of “rapid growth and development, both physical and intellectual. At this stage children’s developmental needs are complex and interrelated” (1990:7)

This report made the government realise that it had to up skill the millions of nursery nurses that were working throughout the country so that they received acknowledgement for the vital role that they played in society. In 2001 the Labour government recognised that there were very few childcare practitioners that were qualified to a level four or above and so introduced the new Early Years Foundation Degree (EYFD). This type of degree would not only provide practitioners with a graduate level of education earned through assessment and work based learning and but also give them recognition for their skill and knowledge. Due to the fact that early years workers were not very well paid, and were expected to fund this course themselves very few of them took up places. The Labour government was so determined to...