Podcast 1 Documentation

Podcast 1 Documentation


Hello and welcome today I’ll provide you with an introduction to documenting children’s learning and development in children’s education and care services In this session I will be covering a range of issues including Getting the balance right in documentation Common misconceptions are myths around documentation different ways to document important points around documentation who to contact for support So let’s get started Documenting children’s learning and development can be but doesn’t need to be challenging Ongoing reflection on our practices and processes is required to ensure we get the balance right identify what is most relevant and meaningful to document and effectively use documentation to plan and evaluate children’s learning Today I’m also going to cover some common misconceptions around documentation to emphasize that there is not one mandated method of documenting and Revisit the purpose of documentation in education and care services There are a number of myths circulating about the expectations of documentation For example it’s a myth that you need to write a report on every child every day another common misconception about documentation is That links must be drawn to quality areas or the best way to document is to provide numbered plans or color code them To get a realistic understanding of what documenting really involves There are a number of useful resources on the Acela and the early childhood Australia websites for example both websites include mythbuster sections that dispel many of the myths circulating about documentation It’s important to acknowledge what research and experience have shown us that documenting plans and recording of children’s assessment and evaluations when properly used are Effective methods to promote and extend children’s thinking Learning and Development However it’s equally important to recognize that there isn’t one set method of documenting in fact none of the approved Learning frameworks the National Quality Standard or any of the regulations Prescribed a set method on how to document This is because we recognize that each and every service is unique and therefore any one-size-fits-all approach would be problematic While templates and programs may be helpful to organize information There is a risk that they can be limiting and in some cases can result in an unnecessary administrative burden Resist the temptation to reduce your documentation to a tick and flick approach the purpose of documenting is to as far as possible Capture the richness of children’s programs and learning that occurs in your service There are many ways to document children’s learning and the cycle of observing planning reflecting and evaluating Some examples. I have seen include reflective journals photographs videos children’s work observations portfolios narratives Learning stories to name a few it is important to decide what works best for you your service and your children to meet the National Quality Standard and underpinning legislative standards The key thing to remember is that it’s not the amount of documentation you have or how? immaculately or colorfully the information is presented or scrapbooked, but how the documentation is used Ask yourself whether your method of documenting and planning effectively captures children’s current and future learning and whether it adequately communicates children’s learning and progress the information on page 17 of the early years learning framework and page 16 of the framework for school aged care is Helpful to remind us why we are assessing evaluating and documenting children’s learning and development Educators should feel empowered to explore a range of styles and methods to determine. What works best for them and their children families and communities Having said that there are some important points about Documentation you should note it is important to remember Documentation is an important part of your work with children and families Children’s voices and ideas should be captured in planning Documentation and evaluation even experienced educators need to try different methods to find. What is realistic achievable and relevant for their children families educators and their setting Educators should establish Achievable benchmarks that are regularly reviewed To be selective in what you choose to document because it is not possible to capture all of the rich experiences and learning that occur every day to share your documentation efforts experiences and continue to learn grow and develop to Be open to change as the dynamics of the children’s group or team change to constantly review and remind yourself why we are documenting and for whom and to be clear about what the standards learning frameworks and if relevant Funding agreements are asking us to do if you are unsure about something refer to the National Quality Standard approved frameworks, and related resources access journal articles and research or participate in professional development activities or action research projects that assist you to reflect on practice and make informed decisions about Documenting it is useful to contact your peak organization or professional support coordinator in your state and territory for more information about the opportunities available your documentation will evolve and be enhanced when you are open to critical reflection and This will allow you to focus on areas that need improving as well as to identify and celebrate your achievements

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