Training isn’t always cheap, but with MBK Training it is always effective! We’ve put together some of our thoughts on the key principles and benefits of CPD…
Individuals and settings should be committed to improve and learn
CPD or continuous professional development is both an individual responsibility and a responsibility of the employer. Every early years practitioner has a responsibility to maintain a sufficiently high standard of professional competence and to be current in their knowledge and skill base in order to provide the best care for young children. Every setting should commit to the on-going efforts to upgrade its practitioners, and this is something that Ofsted will be expecting to see.
CPD opportunities include both formal and informal training and development activities
Continuing professional development opportunities should be relevant to the educator’s work and responsibilities and every practitioner should be able to participate in continuing professional development. But that doesn’t always mean paying for training, dedicate some time in staff meetings and supervisions to professional development, or set up some time for staff to shadow each other. After all, every little helps!
The Benefits of CPD For the Owner / Manager
Or ‘Why should I invest in my team?’
We addressed this in more detail in a blog, but here is the best bits…
Spread over the year, the cost of training isn’t that much, it could be less than the cost of buying each staff member a cup of coffee each month. It’s hard to know which of those options will make your staff happier, but the coffee option definitely won’t get you all of these:
- Happier children and parents (and bank managers with any luck!)
- An efficient, smooth running nursery
- A self-sufficient, empowered team that works well together
- Improved staff attendance levels
- Staff who take responsibility / ownership and who are accountable
- Consistent, competent staff
- An improved Ofsted outcome
The Benefits of CPD for the Practitioner
Or ‘Why is this continuous professional development important to me?’
We also wrote a blog about this, but here are the highlights…
Even though you would probably rather spend the two hours doing something (anything) else, 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
Where do I start?
It’s important not to just rush in a throw money at training, if it’s not relevant it’s a waste of your money and your staff’s time. It will also have a negative effect and no one wants that.
So, set out a plan for how much you would like to spend, what you would like your team (or self) to be better at and then get in touch so we can work out a plan of action to get you where you want to be!