After spending an amazing day at the Childcare Expo in Olympia I had the great pleasure of delivering a seminar to some very enthusiastic early years professionals. The majority of them were also good at throwing and catching tennis balls (you will have to come along to my listening to children courses to find out).
The whole event was buzzing and run exceptionally well. The chatter on everybody’s lips was about the EYFS changes and the functional skills turn around. Now I was just as happy as the next person that common sense had finally been seen and hopefully there was light at the end of the tunnel to solve the recruitment crisis.
However, I still wanted assurance like everybody else that the new staff will be suitably qualified and not rushed through the system as a text book exercise. Now I am sure my fears are not warranted I am just concerned that we have waited a long time for this and I hope we will not just try and quickly plug the hole. Our passionate workforce and children deserve the best people to join them in the journey of discovery.
This Friday I am handing over my blog spot to a trainer and assessor to share her thoughts on what it takes to be an Early Years Professional.