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The Experiences of ParentChild+ Home Visitors Adopting a State of Curiosity When Reflecting on Their Self-Care

Goulding, Sonya, Rowsome-Kelly, Céilim and Alcala, Alexandra (2023) The Experiences of ParentChild+ Home Visitors Adopting a State of Curiosity When Reflecting on Their Self-Care. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association 31st Conference (EECERA). EECERA, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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The current research seeks to explore the experiences of Parent Child + home visitors engaging in self-care CPD and whether adopting a state of curiosity when reflecting on self-care needs and practice contributes to a positive or productive outcome in Home Visitors’ roles. Self-care supports the needs of early years practitioners (Home Visitors) engaged in work that can be emotionally demanding and stressful (Nicholson et al., 2020). Placing practitioner well-being needs at the heart of early years settings not only supports practitioners to cultivate a healthier relationship with themselves but also their capacity to create and sustain strong and healthy relationships with those they are supporting (Frei, A., Herman-Stahl, M., & Baumgartner, S. (2021). This research follows an action reflection cycle (Bleach, 2016) ensuring the programme can evolve and change according to the needs of the participants. A self-care programme supports Home Visitors in developing self-awareness, compassion, and regulation through various approaches and strategies. A community action research model, focusing on changing practice, understanding of practice and conditions of practices (Kemmis, 2009; Bleach, 2013) was used. Data collected include facilitator observations and participant reflective surveys. The study is part of the organisation’s Community Action Research approach and the researcher adhered to ethical guidelines for research with human participants throughout. Participants reflections on their self-care needs while adopting a state of curiosity will be shared when the research is completed. Further consideration for inclusion of self-care support for early years practitioners.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform > Community Development
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 13:52
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2023 13:22

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