Reflective Account


“Reflection is a process of reviewing an experience of practice in order to describe, analyse, evaluate and so inform learning about practice” (Reid, 1993 p.305).

I am going to reflect on an activity during my placement at a childminder’s setting.

While writing about this, the model of reflection `I will use is the most commonly used model by Gibbs (1988), which is the model I will look at here.

There are six stages in Gibbs’ model, namely:- (1) Description (2) Feelings (3) Evaluation (4) Analysis (5) Conclusion (6) Action plan.  
I will discuss each in turn.  

I am currently on a CACHE level 3 DIPLOMA for the Children and Young People’s Workforce training.   I am on a placement at a child minder’s setting.   The activity I did was painting.   I chose to do this activity with a mixed group of four children so that I could pay attention to their individual needs.  
I set up a table at the childminder’s place for the painting activity.   We had enough resources for painting, so I used essential ones for painting, like, protection for clothing, old newspapers for protecting the floor, paints, paper, brushes pots of clean water the easel and the table top, a floor mop, and facilities for drying painting.  
The children set to work immediately, putting lots of paints on their papers, using pots to mix colours.   Spills were mopped up quickly by the childminder to avoid possibility of falls.   After painting, I helped in washing and supervising the children’s hand washing
I watched the children to see how they were feeling and performing.   I could see they were enjoying using all the different colours, making shapes and different patterns.
I felt all children should be offered frequent opportunities to paint when they feel inclined.   When very young, before fluent speech, spontaneous painting is a most valuable means of expression.   I allowed them opportunities to explore, undisturbed because children...