Last week we had a look at the benefits of training from the point of view of a nursery owner or manager. Today I’m taking a look at why practitioners should be a lot more excited about their next training course than they think (maybe).
As a practitioner it can feel like you get sent on training rather than choosing to be there, but that shouldn’t make you less keen to go. That small amount of time given up could have a huge impact on your future as well as the children in your care!
Taking control of your training
If you want to see the most benefit to your training, then you really need to make sure you’re the one choosing the course. That might not seem like much, but if you choose to be there then you can get a lot more out of the training.
On the plus side, you have taken the first step towards taking control by reading this article. Your next job is to take a look through all the courses that we (and other companies) offer, and choose a course (or more) that you think would benefit you and your setting. Present your findings in your next supervision and let your manager know why it would benefit the nursery. If they’re not keen on sending you, then point them in the direction of last weeks article to get them more in the mood!
But why should I take CPD seriously?
Your CPD is an important part of your development as a practitioner. Any aspirations you may have as a room leader, supervisor, or manager will be supported by your ongoing training, and you can’t rely on anyone else to organise that for you. Completing CPD could also mean you find yourself in the very respectable position of being more employable if you should ever need to change jobs.
Yes, you would probably rather spend the two hours doing something else (although I can’t imagine what now the Great British Bake Off has finished) but you’d be hard pushed to find something that can give you these benefits in such a short time:
- Happier children and less behavioural issues
- Higher self esteem
- Respect from your colleagues
- An improved Ofsted outcome for your setting
- Being more employable
- Higher earning potential
If you want some of those benefits, maybe it’s time to have a look through our training courses and pick which ones might be right for you.
About the author: Matt Stanford