Part 1 (300 words)
In my setting, where I work as a childminders assistant we follow the statutory framework for the early year’s foundation stage, I promote the learning and development of all the children in my care. I understand the seven of learning and development that must shape educational programs in early year’s settings and they are crucial for igniting children curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. (Page 4, EYFS). Due to not being in a childcare setting for some time, I feel that my professional knowledge and skills are not as acceptable as they could be. I think it is important for me to have a refresher on all topics of childcare, including theorists.
At my setting I am not always fully involved in the planning process, however I always contribute ideas and my feelings on the activities that have been planned. In order to achieve this I will discuss with my employer to see if it would be possible for me to participate in the planning more closely. If I was more involved in planning and designing activities I would be able to expand on my knowledge of assessment which plays an important part in helping parents, carers and practitioners to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs and to plan activities and support. (Page 10 EYFS) If involved in planning I can improve my personal professional skills and I would be able to plan for their next steps in learning and development which will help shape each child’s learning experiences through my observations.
As I have excellent knowledge of ICT, I use this to teach children how to use computers, ipads and cameras. I develop their skills in Technology by teaching them how to use simple equipment and how to use technology for particular purposes.

Part 2 (300 words)

In relation to my academic skills, I feel that I struggle to plan and present a logical argument in my writing. I also feel I could work on my...