This course is to support staff who are required to evidence occupational competence as an Early Years Educator (CPD). The course exercises and signposts to wider reading to ensure that the scope of the theoretical aspects of the Early Years Educator role, skills and competence are kept up to date. The course has been developed to support you to assess your own occupational competence, or to strengthen your own practical skills in a rapidly developing childcare sector. Weeks 2-3: Research legislation that exists in the UK to keep children safe.Weeks 4-5: Research the value of play and explain how play contributes to:Holistic child developmentChild-centred planningEducational frameworks.Weeks 6-7: Research job descriptions available for early years practitioners in the statutory, private and voluntary sector. Identify the skills and attributes required to work in the sector. Reflect on your own skills and attributes in relation to those required by the early years practitioner.