Explain why Continuing Professional Development is integral to the role of the Early Years practitioner

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.1: An introduction to the role of the Early Years practitioner
Learning outcome: Understand why Continuing Professional Development is integral to the role of the Early Years practitioner
Assessment criteria: Explain why Continuing Professional Development is integral to the role of the Early Years practitioner


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the gradual process of becoming better at a skill or vocation.

It is vital for Early Years practitioners in order to maintain best practices and keep up to date with changes in legislation and regulation.

CPD demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement, which is essential in providing high-quality care and education for young children.

Through self-reflection, practitioners can identify areas in which they need to develop further. By engaging in CPD activities, they can then improve their professional practice over time.

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