Curriculum (Pedagogy) & Educators Training Policy (QA7)

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Woodlands - Curriculum (Pedagogy) & Educators Training Policy

The contribution to developing practice through professional development can be a source of deep professional satisfaction - for both individual practitioners and Services collectively. Through developing our capacity to link theory and practice, we deepen our understanding of the value and significance of our work. In turn, this sustains our commitment, our enthusiasm and capacity to keep growing professionally and personally.

 

National Quality Standard (NQS)

Quality Area 7: Governance and Leadership  

7.1

Governance

Governance supports the operation of a quality service 

7.1.1

Service philosophy and purposes 

A statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations

7.1.2

Management Systems 

Systems are in place to manage risk and enable the effective management and operation of a quality service 

7.1.3

Roles and Responsibilities 

Roles and responsibilities are clearly defines, and understood and support effective decision making and operation of the service 

7.2

Leadership

Effective leadership builds and promotes a positive organisational culture and professional learning community 

7.2.1

Continuous improvement 

There is an effective self-assessment and quality improvement process in place 

7.2.2

Educational leadership 

The educational leader is supported and leads the development and implementation of the educational program and assessment and planning cycle 

7.2.3

Development of professionals 

Educators, co-ordinations and staff members’’ performance is regularly evaluated and individual plans are in place to support learning and development. 

 

Education and Care Services National Regulations

Children (Education and Care Services) National Law NSW 

168

Education and care service must have policies and procedures.

 

Related Policies      

 

Purpose

It is vital for staff and educators to be involved in professional growth in the early childhood sector to allow greater efficiency in the operation of our Service. 

We aim to implement a process for determining significant and effective professional development opportunities based on employees strengths, interests and goals. 

 

Scope

 This policy applies to children, families, staff, management and visitors of the Service.

 

Implementation

Working with young children and families is complex and challenging work. Current research in the field of brain science and the developments in theoretical perspectives and approaches to early childhood education are rapidly expanding the knowledge and theory base that we draw on to guide our practice.

 Whilst the amount of change and growth in the early childhood sector presents us with great opportunities for increasing the quality of our Services, adapting to and working positively with change and trying to keep up to date with theory and research is indeed a challenge. Professional development, when planned and implemented effectively, is a key tool that can be used to support us.

 We employ compassionate, dedicated and proficient educators who bring a high skill level, appropriate qualifications and a varying amount of experiences to help implement our curriculum and philosophy. To maintain our commitment to quality education and care, we will implement a performance appraisal procedure.

 

Professional Development will be provided on a justifiable foundation to all educators and staff and may include:

  •  mentoring by appropriate educators/staff 
  • in-house workshops run by an external trainer  
  • External workshops, seminars etc.
  • Formal TAFE, college of University courses
  • On-the-job training (e.g. through changes in role or through the exchange of information between educators/staff)
  • Educator and management exchanges between Services
  • Provision of appropriate resources (books, movies, documentaries etc)

 

Management/Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Ensure all staff, educators and management attend a minimum of 4in-services
  • Ensure as a minimum that Primary Contact Educators update their Child Protective training course every 18 months as a minimum to ensure knowledge is current.
  • Support Educators to undertake WHS training as a part of their in-service training. 
  • Ensure funds are set aside for training and development needs in the annual budget.
  • Support Educators in furthering their professional skills and knowledge by paying for required training set by management. (Travel will be at the staff and educator’s own expense). Management requires approval before any confirmation is granted.
  • Approve all in-services prior to booking (which are paid for or subsidised by the Service). Only in-services, which are beneficial to the Service and other Educators and approved by NESA, will be approved for payment, at the discretion of the Educational Leader.
  • Approve any additional professional development cost requested, above the minimum expected training. 

 

Educators will: 

  • Attend a minimum of 4in-services 
  • Keep their First Aid Training current and supply the Service with valid certificates.
  • Ensure Asthma and Anaphylaxis training is kept up to date every 3 years.
  • Ensure CPR is kept up to date annually.
  • Attend any required training set by management to enhance educator’s skills and knowledge.
  • Present their newly acquired skills and knowledge during team meetings to share information gained with their colleagues. 
  • Monitor and document their own record of Pedagogy Analysis showing their commitment to reflective practice. Embracing it as ongoing learning that involves engaging with questions of philosophy, ethics and practice and their influence on the learning environment.



Source

  • Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014). 
  • Guide to the Education and Care Services National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2015, 
  • ECA Code of Ethics.
  • Guide to the National Quality Standard. 
  •  Learning and Growing Through Professional Development http://www.cscentral.org.au/Resources/PSCAPD_Resource.pdf
  • Early Years Learning Framework 
  • Revised National Quality Standard

 

Review

Policy Reviewed 

Modifications

Next Review Date 

October 2017

Updated references to comply with the revised National Quality Standard 

April 2018

April 2018

No significant adjustments required

Added the ‘related policies’ list

April 2019

January 2020

Branding and formatting updated

Policy links added

Service specific information amended not affecting the delivery of policy

April 2020

 

 

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