5 Bringing the course together: translating your core values and beliefs into practice
5.1 Thinking about successful teamworking
The objective of this activity is:
to think about your practice in relation to working with other professionals.
Think how you would ensure that each professional in your ideal setting feels like a respected and valued member of the team. Write some brief notes on this. Remember, each member of the team comes from a different background, with a range of experiences and perhaps conflicting ideas and values of good practice in early years childcare and education settings.
The variable nature of settings and the range of people involved means that there is no single route to successful teamwork. Certain constraints may prevent the practice reflecting the values and views of the practitioners. You may be part of a team whose members have different experiences, and there may have been little time to develop shared understandings. Team members may only share the fact that they work with young children. You may be so busy with the day-to-day business of caring for the children in your setting that there is no time set aside to make contacts with other professionals or to have informal discussions. As a result, you may only have ‘snatched time’ to develop relationships with other professionals. As when thinking about working with parents, time is a key factor, and there are many competing demands for your time.