Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module provides those working in early years, especially those with an enhanced status, with an opportunity to engage critically with a range of contemporary issues related to working within the sector. The content will be embedded in current government legislation, research and society issues enabling a critical examination of ‘why and how we do what we do’ within the changing landscape of childhood, families, education and care and the range of children’s services
This module offers practitioners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding, and personal interest in contemporary issues within the sector. The content will be embedded in current government legislation, research and society issues enabling a critical examination of ‘why we do what we do’ within the changing landscape of childhood, families, education and care and the range of children’s services. Reflecting critically on current practice practitioners will examine and analyse relevant and appropriate impact data. Reflective practice will ensure rhetoric and reality are considered in ‘achieving better outcomes for children and families’. Issues relating to sustainable practices will be analysed in relation to impact analysis and sector development.
On successful completion of this module participants will be able to demonstrate that they have:
1. A critical understanding of a chosen contemporary issue and how this reflects rhetoric and reality of practice within the sector
2. Engaged in evidence collection to document reflective practice
3. Engaged in critical reflection to justify ‘why I do what I do’
4. A critical understanding of, and engagement in, impact and data analysis
5. A deeper and more critical understanding of sustainable futures and their role in promoting this concept
6. Enhanced skills of critical reading and analysis
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