Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is: Critical Reflection
Element 1.3.2: Critical reflection – Critical reflection on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, drives program planning and implementation
Do educators engage in reflective practice when reviewing all aspects of your service’s program and practices?
Critical reflection should be a part of our everyday thought process, embedded in our day to day practice, documentation and decision making.
Critical reflection is about examining all aspects of events and experiences from different perspectives. EYLF p.13
Educators use critical reflection to assess the effectiveness and quality of learning opportunities, environment, routines and play experiences being offered and the approach taken to support children’s learning. It involves an ongoing, dynamic process that supports educators to think honestly and critically about all aspects of professional practice.
Critically reflect on your own practice to establish a culture of ongoing quality improvement in professional practice, program quality, environment design and reflective practice. There are many ways in which you can keep evidence of reflective practice including staff reflection meeting minutes/notes, documented professional discussions, educator diaries, reflection meetings with children, communication books between staff or between the service and families. Consider how your service documents and keeps evidence of ongoing reflective practice and whether this can be improved on.
Within System7 go to QA 1/ Module 8 to submit self-assessment notes and if required, open a QIP issue if you identify any areas of improvement with the way educators critically reflect and document reflective practice.
The Childcare Centre Desktop has a template to help guide critical reflection and a complete Assessment, Planning and Programming module.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
National Quality Standard – QA 1/ 1.3.2: Critical reflection
System7 Module – QA 1/ Module 8
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