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Pt. 1. What does being a reflective early years practitioner contain? -- pt. 2. How does reflective perform tell operating with childrens? -- pt. three. modern perform : a group of reflective execs

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This document identifies both effective practice and examples of how the ‘rights’ of parents and children should be valued by professionals (Paige-Smith and Rix 2006). Effective communication is recognized as a key principle when involving parents in early years settings and the child’s education. Together from the Start suggests that ‘The child’s name should be used at all times’ and to ‘remember to communicate in a way that shows respect for the child’ (DfES 2003b: 13). The government report Every Child Matters (DfES 2003a) underpins many early years services and identifies that there should be a stronger focus on early intervention with children identified to be ‘at risk’.

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Chak 2006: 56) The distinction between reflection in and reflection on action was introduced in Chapter 1, but what Chak captures here is the significance of the everyday and the moment-by-moment observations that we make in our practice. Also significant is the personal connection that we may make to our everyday practice, which can sometimes run very deep indeed. Kirsty Thompson, who practised as an occupational therapist in Australia, has written (2006) about how she has been unable to recall ‘traumatic’ experiences she had as a child when her parents were trying to access services required to support her and her family.

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