The importance of Professional Development:
As educators we are continually seeking ways to build on our professional knowledge for varying reasons. Professional development ensures you continue to be competent in your field. It is an ongoing process that involves opening your mind to new ideas, reflecting on your practice and implementing change.
The importance of continuing professional development should not be underestimated – it is a career-long obligation for practicing professionals.
Professional development enables you to:
– keep up with current trends and legislative change
– build on current knowledge and challenge your current views
– ensures your practices reflect current policy in keeping children, families and yourself safe from litigation.
– network with other like minded professionals and build relationships
– keep the passion alive. Let’s face it we all need a hit of inspiration now and then
Recently Collective Family Day Care held its first conference for educators registered with the scheme and a few honored guests. By collaborating with the educators and reflecting on practice we came up with an impressive selection of workshop topics. We also had some lovely trade stalls: Kipi Kreative and Magical Play Moments
Louise Holz from Because it Matters presented a for a very informative and important opening session on Behaviour Guidance.
Frances Davidson added a bit of spice by delivering the funniest session on the benefit of including Essential Oils into our service and general living.
Val Tillett from Evolve Consultancy had the educators totally engaged and participating in discussions relating to the National Quality Standards and sharing the finer points of Rating and Assessment
Michael Janamian shared his insight to marketing in the modern word and how Educators can use technologies to market their individual business
Domonic Lindsay from the Wiggles Fame (plays all the Brass instruments) had the educators singing, laughing and dancing to some very interesting music. Domonic shared many wonderful ideas for the educators to take back to their service to implement with the children.
Last but not Least was the massive resource auction. Ben Coleman the auctioneer was way too funny and had the educators bidding madly (and spending way too much).
On reflection I think what made the day so memorable was that we all came together as a team; we came from different demographic areas, cultures, ages, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds and yet we were one on the day; all there to share and gain knowledge and to deepen our relationships.
This can only benefit the children and families in our services