Promote Professional Development

Unit 2: Promote Professional Development

  1. Understand principles of professional development

In my role as deputy manager, I have a responsibility to engage in continuous professional development. This requires keeping my skills and knowledge up to date and seeking to improve my capabilities across the range of tasks that I carry out on a daily basis. It is essential to my job roles that I continually improve my professional development to ensure that I have the skills and knowledge to create the best provision for the children in my care. I have to be aware and familiar with up to date legislations and guidelines, including Ofsted, EYFS and welfare requirements. As management, it is ever more important that I am up to date in my knowledge so that I can support, guide and reassure other staff in their own job roles. My own professional development impacts on me, my staff, the nursery and the people who use the service. Reflective practice is a major component of professional development and I need to be skilful in being able to be objective and honest about my own performance in order to improve on it. Taking on board constructive criticism and learning from mistakes makes me a better, stronger deputy manager. Improving my own knowledge is important to me and I have undergone various training courses such as First Aid, All About Special Needs, Managing Medication, Successful Appraisal and Supervision Skills, Preparing for Ofsted and Staffing Basics within the last twelve months to update my skillset, completed NVQ level3 in Management and embarked on the NVQ level 5 Leadership for Health and Social care and Young People’s Services for my own personal professional development.
Keeping my own professional development up to date means that I am able to confidently support and act as a role model to my staff. My job is ultimately to provide a first rate service to children from 3 months to five years. The more successful I am in reflecting on and...