Employer Newsletter: Spring 2019
New Resource: Practice Note on Professional Supervision
Our new Practice Note: Professional Supervision of Children looks at five factors that inform professional supervision strategies and techniques.
|Communication||Transitions||Physical Environment||Staff||Professional Knowledge|
|Communicate openly and consistently with children, families and colleagues to acquire information and learn from past challenges with supervision of children.||Move in small groups that take into account children’s ages and capabilities, and conduct regular environment scans, attendance checks and head counts.||Foster engaging environments that minimize potential hazards, such as small hideaways, damaged gates or furniture, or locked and unlocked doors.||Work with new staff to ensure they are familiar with routines, responsibilities and relevant information about children’s dispositions, medical needs, capabilities or interests. ||RECEs are expected to provide appropriate professional supervision, and know and understand the current practices, legislation, workplace policies and procedures that are relevant to the care of children. (Standard III: C.5 and Standard IV)|
A Recap of #StandardsinPractice
This month, we wrapped up our #StandardsinPractice campaign. Over the last year, #StandardsinPractice provided RECEs with resources, webinars and reflection questions on each of the six standards in the College’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Throughout the campaign, we had valuable engagement with our members who attended our online webinars, accessed and shared our resources, watched our snapshot videos and integrated their learning into their Continuous Professional Learning portfolios.
Although the campaign is wrapping up, these resources are still useful for members’ daily practice and CPL activities. Here is a recap of some of the resources developed for #StandardsinPractice. All of the videos created for the campaign can be viewed on our YouTube channel. Click on each standard to view all resources on each of the standards.
For an overview of each standard and resources to support RECEs’ learning, visit the Standards in Practice webpage.
Registered Early Childhood Educators, Lifelong Learners
The College’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program complements and formalizes the ongoing professional learning RECEs do every day, and helps them stay current in their practice. It also communicates to employers, families and the public that RECEs are members of a distinct profession that values ongoing professional learning.
Continuous Professional Learning for RECEs involves two steps:
- New members, or RECEs who rejoined the College after September 1, 2016, need to complete the online
Expectations for Practice Module before their first renewal.
- After completing the module, all members are required to begin their CPL Portfolio Cycle in their next membership year. The CPL Portfolio Cycle runs over the course of two years, and RECEs repeat this cycle throughout their careers.
The CPL Portfolio Cycle includes a self-assessment, a professional learning plan and a record of professional learning. Together, these components require RECEs to think about where they currently are in their practice, set professional goals, and identify activities or resources to help meet them.
One way that employers can support RECEs in their CPL is by connecting their employees’ identified goals to professional development opportunities that are already taking place. Workshops, planned discussions with colleagues, sharing articles or books, mentoring, and professional development day activities may be relevant and can be documented in their CPL portfolio. You can learn more about the CPL program online or by reading the CPL Handbook.
Mandatory Employer Reports
Under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, employers are legally obligated to report to the College when a registered early childhood educator is terminated, suspended or restrictions have been placed on their duties for reasons of professional misconduct or if the RECE resigns under these circumstances.
In turn, the College must notify employers about any actions taken in response to their report and any decisions of the Complaints, Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committees. Should the member change jobs while an investigation or disciplinary process is underway, the College is required to report its findings to both former and current employers.