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Early Years Practitioner

The Early Years Practitioner aims to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years.
  • How children learn
  • The importance to children’s holistic development
  • The stages of babies’, young children’s development
  • The significance of attachment
  • The legal requirements on safeguarding the welfare of children
  • Safeguarding policies, procedures, responsibilities
  • The legal requirements for H&S and security
  • Risks and hazards in the workplace
  • The signs, symptoms which may indicate that a child is injured, unwell or in need of urgent medical/dental attention
  • What to do in the event of a baby or young child requiring medical/dental attention, a non-medical incident or emergency
  • The work settings procedures for receiving, storing, recording, administration, safe disposal of medicines
  • The impact of health, wellbeing on children’s development
  • Dietary guidance for early years and why it’s important
  • Ways to communicate with all children appropriate for all their stages of development
  • The statutory framework, including the learning and development requirements for babies and young children
  • The terms adult led activities, child initiated activities, spontaneous experiences
  • The key stages in the observation, assessment, planning cycle
  • How to refer concerns about a baby’s or child’s development
  • The statutory guidance in relation to the care, education of children with SEND including partnership working
  • What specialist aids, resources, equipment are available for the children you work with, how to use these safely
  • Own role, expected behaviours, the roles of colleagues/team
  • How to access work-place policies, procedures, responsibilities, accountabilities
  • How behaviour can impact on babies/children and influence them
  • The importance of reflective practice, continued professional development
  • The roles, responsibilities of other agencies, professionals that work with and support your setting
  • The importance of the voice of the child, parental/carer, other roles in early learning
  • Support babies, young children through a range of transitions
  • Recognise when a child is in danger, at risk of serious harm or abuse
  • Identify risks, hazards in the work setting and during off site visits
  • Demonstrate skills, understanding for the prevention, control of infection
  • Use equipment, furniture, and materials safely
  • Encourage children to be aware of personal safety, the safety of others, develop personal hygiene practices
  • Promote health and wellbeing in settings by encouraging babies and young children to consume healthy, balanced meals, snacks, drinks appropriate for their age and be physically active through planned/spontaneous activity throughout the day
  • Carry out respectful care routines appropriate to the development, stage, dignity, needs of the child
  • Communicate with all children in ways that will be understood
  • Extend children’s development, learning through verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Encourage babies and young children to use a range of communication methods
  • Use a range of communication methods to exchange information with children/adults
  • Work with colleagues to identify and plan enabling environments, activities, play opportunities, educational programmes to support children’s holistic development
  • Implement, review activities to support children’s play, creativity, social development/learning and clear up after activities
  • Observe children, assess, plan, record the outcomes
  • Use learning activities to support early language development
  • Support children’s early interest/development in mark making, writing, reading, and being read to
  • Support children’s interest/development in mathematical learning
  • Support the assessment, planning, implementation, reviewing of each baby’s/young child’s individual plan for their care and participation
  • Work in ways that value/respect the developmental needs, stages of babies and children
  • Use feedback, mentoring, supervision to identify/support areas for development
  • Work co-operatively with colleagues, other professionals, agencies to meet the needs of babies/young children
  • Work alongside parents/carers, recognise their role in the baby’s/child’s health, well-being, learning and development.
  • Encourage parents/carers to take an active role in the baby’s/child’s care, play, learning and development
  • Demonstrate how to share information with parents/carers about the importance of healthy balanced diets, looking after teeth and being physically active
  • Care and compassion
  • Honesty, trust, and integrity
  • Positive work ethic
  • Being team-focused
  • Commitment
  • Work in a non-discriminatory way
  • Professional Practice

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