Reflective Practice

A 3-hour workshop for educators to practice skills and strategies involved in the facilitation of reflective practices with colleagues and parents.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication, wellbeing (social and emotional), access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, face-to-face
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains: Not applicable
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item) to High (>$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Reflective practice is a workshop that aims to develop strategies for peer-to-peer reflective practice.

Workshop participants will explore the principles and theoretical underpinnings of reflective practice and be able to identify the characteristics of effective reflection on practice. The workshop enables professionals to practice skills and strategies involved in the facilitation of reflective practices with colleagues and parents.

A reflective practitioner seeks opportunities for changing and improving the effectiveness of their work. However, the concept of reflective practice is largely understood as a way to think about how one approaches their work to solve problems rather than being supported by a colleague to analyse their practice to inform actions that promote beneficial outcomes. Whilst reflective practices are interested in examining a difficult situation, a problem or a concern about one's practice and discovering alternative practice approaches, a critical part of the process (which is often overlooked) must be consideration of the values, principles and theories which help inform our everyday practice.

The three-hour Reflective Practice workshop is available online or face-to-face.

Educators participating in this program will:

  • understand the guiding principles and theoretical underpinnings of reflective practice
  • be able to articulate the outcomes of effective reflection on practice
    experience effective strategies for peer-to-peer reflective practice.

Learning objectives include:

  • development of a shared understanding in relation to what constitutes effective reflective practice
  • enhancement of understanding of the connection between theory, leading practice and practice reflection.

Detailed cost

Half-day (3 hours and 45 minutes) workshop:

  • Online: $231 per participant (including GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $3,465 (including GST) per workshop.
  • Face-to-face (Metropolitan Melbourne): $245 per participant (including GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $3,675 (including GST) per workshop plus travel expenses.
  • Face-to-face (Regional Victoria within an hour of Melbourne): $245 per participant (including GST). Full workshop exclusively for service educators with a minimum of 9 and maximum of 15 participants: $3,675 (including GST) per workshop plus travel expenses and travel time.

Please note: costs are based on standard weekday pricing. Weekends and out of hours sessions are negotiated at additional cost.

A quote will be provided on application. Contact provider directly for information about travel and accommodation costs.

This workshop is available for single registrants through the Centre for Community Child Health training calendar.

Implementation considerations

Target population: early years educators and any other professionals involved in a place-based approach.

Program/practice descriptions and details: this workshop draws on and incorporates key principles of the Family Partnership Model in supporting practitioners to help professionals understand and practice skills and strategies for practice change through peer-to-peer and practitioner-to-parent reflection. All workshops are available in regional and rural locations.

All training is participatory and highly interactive. Participants attending online workshops are asked to have cameras turned on throughout the sessions with a preference for one participant per screen.

Program adaptability: Facilitators can modify the workshop content to meet the needs of participants and the community context. Contact the provider directly to discuss. There will be some instances where face-to-face delivery is not possible. Face -to-face delivery will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

Training requirements: services may wish to ‘pool’ funding with other services to meet minimum numbers. This also makes the workshops more cost-effective.

Tools and systems: for the online workshops participants will require access to a device (computer or tablet) with microphone and camera functionality to participate fully in this workshop. Ideally participants should be on their own device and not sharing screens with other participants.

For face-to-face workshops, the organisation is responsible for the venue and catering. The venue must be able to accommodate participants in a safe environment, allowing for current restrictions around social distancing.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Not applicable.

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