This help centre article was written the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
What is CPD?
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Is an ongoing process that will help you to develop your self-confidence and professionalism. CPD is meant to enhance your knowledge, and demonstrate your ongoing commitment to your role as an Early Educator.
How will I benefit from CPD?
Through CPD you will obtain new knowledge that will help you enhance your knowledge and develop your skillset. It can also help you to achieve your career goals, deal with changes positively and improve outcomes for children and their families. It will also keep you up to date within an ever changing environment of best practice.
What does the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) say about CPD?
CPD is a statutory requirement for the EYFS, which states that:
"Providers must support staff to undertake appropriate training and professional development opportunities to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for children that continually improve."
During your annual inspection you will also need to evidence:
Areas that you have identified for CPD
New knowledge gained through CPD
The impact CPD has had on your practice
How many hours of CPD do I need to complete?
Over the course of the year, you will need to complete 16 hours of CPD. Many of the courses we offer will count, like your in-person Outdoor learning day, and Webinars.
What can be included as CPD?
CPD can be completed independently and in a wide range of different ways. You can combine different methods of learning, including:
Webinars, podcasts and blogs
Workshops, conferences and exhibitions
Articles, books, newsletters and journals.
Reflective practice sessions or 1-1 coaching
E-learning, including our free online sessions on Flick.
How should I record my CPD hours?
You can record your CPD hours with the form we'll send to you in regular emails. If you don't have it yet, here is the link to the form.
Who can help answer any questions that I might have about CPD?
The childcare quality team is there to support you with your ongoing continuous professional development.
The Childcare Quality Coaches have worked in early years themselves for a number of years and have worked as both practitioners and in management roles. They know what it’s like to support children and families and understand through first hand experiences what training might be helpful for you.
Will the childcare quality coaches give me any advice on what areas I should work on for my CPD?
Yes, absolutely! At any point, you can book a call with one of the childcare quality team, and they can advise you on areas of development that will support you in your role as an Early Educator.
We also add CPD opportunities to our monthly newsletter so don't forget to check them out.
It’s important to us that your role is rewarding for you both emotionally and professionally, and we look forward to guiding and coaching you through your CPD journey.