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Miller, L. (2008) A Day in the Life of an Early Years Practitioner: Perspectives on Professionalism. Final project report. PBPL paper 21

Resource author

Linda Miller

Resource type

Final project report

Description

The project in England explored:

  • What it means to act professionally
  • What being a 'professional' in the early years means in England

Julie, a nursery manager in a private day nursery, was filmed throughout one working day and interviewed post filming. Julie has a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ, Level 3) and is working towards a Foundation Degree in Early Years at The Open University. We filmed Julie in a range of tasks including: office administration and management tasks; interacting with children; meetings with staff and senior management; meeting with a parent.
Emerging themes and dispositions included:

  • The diversity, complexity, responsibilities and multiple demands of the role.
  • Leadership, management and organisational skills.
  • Acting as a conduit for information.
  • Knowledge of the setting, children and families.
  • Professional knowledge base.
  • Providing support and reassurance.
  • Being accountable for implementation of policy and procedures.
  • Availability, accessibility and visibility.
  • Trust and confidence.

Data from this project suggests that practitioners working in an English context can and do develop a sense of professional identity and engage in practices which can be described as 'professional'.

Documents

Miller, L. (2008) A Day in the Life of an Early Years Practitioner: Perspectives on Professionalism

Date added

24th Mar 2009