The Parenting Guide Patch (2): Choose a parenting guide. It can be text or video

The Parenting Guide Patch (2): Choose a parenting guide. It can be text or video but it should be a source that has been developed to provide advice to parents and carers. Comment on the ways that parents and children are portrayed and positioned. Identify features that promote respect for children and childhood (and/or where they do not). Ensure that you draw on academic literature to support your points.
The Advocacy Patch (3): Examine academic definitions of advocacy. Reflect on an example of advocacy-in-practice by selecting either (1) a person that you consider to be an advocate for children, early years professionals or early years services (maintaining their anonymity unless they are a public figure) OR (2) an organisation OR (3) your own role as an advocate. Present an analysis of the key features of the advocacy-in-practice and relate these to your selected academic definitions.
The Letter Patch (4): Pick an issue from our discussions about national policy or based on your interests or a politicial issue relating to early years services in your local area. Find out who is your local MP. Write a letter to your MP about improvements you would like to see in relation to your chosen issue. Be sure to analyse the issue critically and use academic research and debate to support your arguments.
The Mentoring Patch (5): In this patch you should present arguments for the importance of mentoring and supporting early years professionals in the workplace. If you have experience of being a mentor or mentee in an early years or any other context, you can reflect on them here (NB be sure to take an ethical approach, respecting all confidences and anonymising names, linking your discussion clearly to the early years context). The patch should be a critical analysis using academic literature to support your arguments and reflecting on
– the purpose and value of developing mentoring skills as a professional in early childhood
– the challenges and opportunities in this role
The Final Reflection Patch (6): This patch is a final reflection, bringing together the module themes and including some of the academic definitions and discussions from earlier preparation tasks and patches. This patch can look different for each student but two key things are to reflect on what ‘professionalism’ and ‘advocacy’ mean to you and how you feel you have developed as a professional over the course of the module. What made you feel this way? Has your thinking changed in any way?

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