KEEP - The Key Elements of Effective Practice

KEEP - The Key Elements of Effective Practice


Explore how this document was written and the research that underpins it. Identify and define the main points of the document and how it relates to the EYFS Statutory Framework. Look at how the KEEP document might relate to your practice and how practitioners might use it to reflect on the practice in their setting.


This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings. 


Learning outcomes 


  • You will learn about the 6 Key Elements of Effective Practice 
  • You will learn the importance of reflecting on your practice
  • You will learn that it is important all staff really appreciate that developing their knowledge, skills, and understanding is an essential part of their learning journey


Advantages of this course 


  • This course looks at the ‘Key Elements of Effective Practice’ (KEEP), which was published by the DfES in 2005 and still has an influence on childcare practice today. This document, which looked at the impact of practitioners on effective practice in early years, found that through initial and on-going training and development, practitioners need to develop, demonstrate and continuously improve their: 

    Relationships with both children and adults

    Understanding of the individual and diverse ways that children develop and learn

    Knowledge and understanding in order to actively support and extend children’s learning in and across all areas and aspects of learning

    Practice in meeting all children’s needs, learning styles and interests

    Work with parents, carers and the wider community

    Work with other professionals within and beyond the setting

  • The course also looks at other studies into early years provision, which are also useful resources to help practitioners reflect on and develop their practice 
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge


On successful completion of this course, you will have the option of purchasing a CACHE certificate. This certificate must not be confused with nationally regulated qualification achievement. 


Disclaimer statement: CACHE is a trading name of NCFE (registered company number 02896700) and CACHE; Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education; and NNEB are registered trademarks owned by NCFE. CACHE has exercised reasonable care and skill in endorsing this programme, and makes no representation, express or implied, with regard to the continued accuracy of the information contained in this programme. CACHE does not accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions from the programme or the consequences thereof. 


Endorsement statement: CACHE is a trading name of NCFE (registered company number 02896700) and CACHE; Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education; and NNEB are registered trademarks owned by NCFE. These programmes have been reviewed by a Subject Specialist in childcare and are endorsed by CACHE, they are not a regulated qualification.

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