Over the last two articles in this series we have considered what reflection is, why it is important and how to do it. In this series we explore how to embed reflection in our practice.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-27
So let us reflect on our foundation and practice together.
How to embed reflection in our practice
Embedded practice is the foundation of critical reflective inquiry to strive for excellence in all we say and do. It involves authenticity and best practice with consideration of others’ perspectives. It is when high quality practices are being adhered to without thinking about it, a habit of practice. Aligned with this is knowledge about the practices and theories that are implemented in the service. It is always aspiring for quality and excellence in everything and consistently outworking this in our practice. It means our goals are fixed and aligned with the Centre philosophy, operations and routines. It is our values aligned with our actions.
Embedded practice occurs on a solid foundation enabling all to reach their potential. It includes ethical practice, a cycle of reflective inquiry and consideration of our practice. Ethical Practice includes standards, strategies and legislation. Standards include the Australian Early Childhood Code of Ethics, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Strategies include critical reflection and decision making with reference guided to legislation, policies and procedures and statutory documents.
Legislation includes the Education and Care Services National Regulations under the Children (Education and Care Services) National Law 2011; Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010; Ombudsman’s Act 1974; Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 and the Children and Young Person’s (Care and Protection) Act 1998