As a Manager, I have a responsibility to engage in continuous professional development. This means taking action to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and seeking to improve my capabilities across the range of tasks I carry out daily. Continually improving my knowledge is essential to my role and ensures that I have the skills and knowledge needed to provide high quality service in my setting. I need to be aware of the most up to date legislations and guidelines, and the welfare requirements.
As a Manager part of my role is to guide, support and encourage my staff to do well in their own roles. My own professional development does not only impact on myself but my staff, the setting and other adults who may volunteer their service.
Reflective practice is a huge part of professional development and one needs to be skilful in order to benefit from it. Personal criticism of own practice isn’t always easy but as I take a step back and look at it from different points of view I benefit myself. It is important to me that I improve my own knowledge and I enjoy learning new skills.