Jan Peeters

Jan Peeters
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PhD in Pedagogy

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Introduction
Organised theTransatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years funded by the King Baudouin Foundation and a consortium of Foundations from Europe and USA, (2013-2017). Promotor of the Eurofound research ‘ Assessing Childcare Services’ a systematic review about the link between CPD and Quality of ECE (2013-2015). Improving the Quality of ECEC services based on the European Quality Framework in Low and Middle income countries : Georgia, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine and Montenengro. Studies commissioned by UNICEF (2014-2019) . Pathways to Develop/Strengthen the Pre-primary Workforce in LMICs. A study commissioned by UNICEF New York (2019) . For more detailed cv: https://vbjk.be/files/attachments/.274/CV_Europass_Jan_Peeters_ENG.pdf
Additional affiliations
May 2018 - July 2020
Ghent University
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Dr. Jan Peeters is currently working for UNICEF in different ECA countries. He was the promotor of the research commissioned by Eurofound in all EU-28 countries on Working Conditions and in-service training: 'Assessing Childcare Services' .
January 1979 - April 2018
Ghent University
Position
  • Managing Director

Publications

Publications (109)
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De vele bezoekers uit Nederland en Vlaanderen die de uitstekende voorzieningen voor jonge kinderen in Pistoia bezoeken vragen zich telkens weer af hoe deze stad in Toscane erin geslaagd is om zo een rijke cultuur van het jonge kind te ontwikkelen. Dit boek beschrijft hoe de intense samenwerking tussen pedagogen, onderzoekers en beleidsmensen ertoe...
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Since I started working in ECEC first as an educational psychologist and later as a researcher, I have been fascinated by the following two questions: what makes people change their practice in order to meet the needs of chil- dren and families? And what makes that others are not able to change and are often reproducing the same practice of mediocr...
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In this article the author dr. Jan Peeters is advocating for a gender neutral interpretation of the ECEC profession. This article in Portugees ( Brasil) on the role of Men in ECEC is giving an overview of projects, inspiring practices and research on this topic in European memberstates.
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The present report was commissioned by UNESCO within the framework of the Caring and Learning Together: a Cross-National Study on the Integration of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) within Education, implemented as part of its 2008-2009 biennial programme. The study examines the policy of integrating ECCE within the education system, which...
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In his key note on the Save the Children conference Jan Peeters spoke about the importance of physical, linguistic, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in early childhood and of investing in early childhood care, development and education.
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The overarching goal of this guidance is to contribute to the realization of universal, quality pre‑primary education by supporting countries in developing comprehensive workforce strategies for pre‑primary education. This is an exciting time for the early childhood education (ECE) field. Enrolment in pre‑primary and other early childhood services...
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This report reviews research evidence from all 28 EU Member States to identify how the training and development of ECEC workers can be tailored to improve the quality of the services available for children below primary-school age in EU Member States. Among other findings, it concludes that interventions in professional development that are integra...
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The aim of this paper is to supports the ways countries may go about developing or strengthening their pre-primary workforce. There are multiple pathways to competent and effective workforce that may be relevant to different country context and that may combine different level of qualifications, with training and retention strategies in support of...
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Much more than simply recording events, pedagogical documentation is a revolutionary educational approach that enables practitioners to capture and understand the ways in which children learn and think. Exploring the use of pedagogic documentation across five different cultures, this book offers a unique insight into the conditions and methods thro...
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Quelles sont les conditions pour améliorer les pratiques pédagogiques dans l' accueil et l' éducations des jeunes enfants? Vers des communautées d' apprentissage professionelles dans l' AEJE.
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While the benefits have been widely evidenced of high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) for young children, especially those from vulnerable groups, it is clear that efforts to improve the holistic development and well-being of children and families must involve a wide range of policies, services and actions. No single intervention,...
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The relation between ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) and competent staff is gaining internationally more and more attention (OECD, 2006; Penn, 2009; European Commission, 2011; Urban, Vandenbroeck, Peeters, Lazzari, Van Laere, 2011; Peeters & al., 2015). But what is meant by ‘quality’ and by ‘competence’ is a complex and often contradictor...
Technical Report
ECEC is high on the policy agenda of Ukraine. In this perspective the Government of Ukraine took important initiatives to reform the preschool Education sector, this is reflected in the ‘Law on Pre-school Education’ (2016) and the ‘Fundamental Component of Pre-school Education’ the Standard for Preschool Education in Ukraine and the New Ukrainian S...
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The aim of this paper is to set the stage for the development of a guidance (loosely defined) that supports the ways countries may go about developing or strengthening their pre-primary workforce. There are multiple pathways to competent and effective workforce that may be relevant to different country context and that may combine different level o...
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This report commissioned by UNICEF Serbia is analysing the quality of ECEC system in Serbia. The European Commission proposal for Key Principles for a Quality Framework in ECEC was chosen as a framework to look at the quality of the ECEC system in Serbia . The findings of this report were based on desk review of existing documents about Serbia, and...
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Dit hoofdstuk geeft een historisch overzicht van de professionaliteitsdiscussie in de Vlaamse kinderopvang van de zeventiger jaren tot nu. Vlaanderen heeft in de jaren 1980 met de gezinsopvang en begin de jaren 2000 in de groepsopvang een historische vergissing heeft begaan door de kwalificatievereisten los te laten. Men is er ook niet in geslaagd...
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This condensed report is based on data derived from the Study on Quality of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Georgia. The study was jointly implemented by UNICEF Georgia and the National Assessment and Examination Centre (NAEC) under the leadership of an international consultant. The European Quality Framework (EQF) for Early Childhood...
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Researchers and international organisations recognise that the quality of ECEC services is related to a professional and competent workforce. The latter should be part of a ‘competent system’ that is capable of linking staff's initial good education to the possibility of constantly reflecting on ideas and practices. Continuous professional developm...
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This article presents the findings of an analysis of the effects of CPD initiatives on the quality of the pedagogical practices of ECEC practitioners. It is part of a larger study commissioned by Eurofound and jointly conducted by VBJK, IOE and PPMI (Eurofound, 2015). In order to draw policy-relevant information that might support decision makers i...
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Starting from the assumption that CPD has a strong impact on both the quality of ECEC and the experiences of parents and children, especially those from families living in vulnerable situations, we want to provide new insights on the kinds of approaches to CPD that improve practice. We aim to unravel some of the multi-levelled mechanisms that foste...
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Researchers and international organizations broadly agree that the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC), and of schools, depends on well-educated and competent staff (OECD, 2006; UNICEF, 2008; Milotay, 2016). The contemporary educating/teaching profession has become incredibly complex (European Commission, 2011a) prompting calls for...
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There is broad consensus amongst researchers and international organisations that the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC), which means the wellbeing of children and families, depends on well-educated and competent staff. This remains a challenge in Europe, since part of the workforce is also represented by low-qualified ECEC assist...
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This chapter is a part of a digital book with the ECEC Workforce profile of 30 European Countries
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In this editorial the author is arguing to move away from a strict what works approach in research towards an open outlook where the triangle of policy , practice and research is truly valued. This asks for a positive view towards change and a notion that there is a shared goal that connects research, policy and practice in the field of ECEC: worki...
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In the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC), policy makers, practitioners and researchers often seem to speak a different language, and neither ECEC researchers nor practitioners or policy makers alone have the full array of knowledge and skills to move effectively from established principles to specific plans for a specific context (...
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This chapter is a part of a digital book with the ECEC Workforce profile of 30 European Countries. It is focused on the childcare and preschool profession in Belgium, a federal, multi-lingual state comprising three autonomous Regions (Flemish Region, Walloon Region, Brussels-Capital Region), three language Communities (Flemish, French, German-speak...
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This report focuses on high quality integrated centres as an important factor for improving young children's overall development and well-beingespecially for the most disadvantaged groups.
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As many countries in the CEECIS region, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Montenegro are facing pronounced and pressing challenges related to access, quality and equity in ECE services. Following the collapse of the communist systems and the loss of social subsidies, these countries were unable to sustain their early childhood education...
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Dans de nombreux pays, une partie du personnel est composée d’assistants d’éducation et d’accueil de la petite enfance peu qualifiés. Dans l’étude CoRe, les assistants sont définis comme des « travailleurs invisibles », ce qui signifie que leur présence n’est habituellement pas prise en compte dans lesdocuments politiques et qu’ils possèdent nettem...
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At the European level, the importance of a qualified workforce is acknowledged in the revised priorities for the strategic cooperation in the field of education and training (European Commission, 2015a); it identifies professionalisation of staff as one of the key issues for further work in ECEC. In many countries, part of the workforce is represen...
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This book Pathways to Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care is concerned with a growing interest from policy and research in the professionalisation of the early childhood workforce. Illustrated by in-depth case studies of innovative and sustainable pathways to professionalisation, it recognises the importance of a systemic approach...
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Pathways to professionalism in ECEC is concerned with a growing interest from policy and research in the professionalisation of the early childhood workforce. Illustrated by in-depth case studies of innovative and sutainable pathways to professionalisation, it recognizes the importance of a systemic approach to professionalisation across all levels...
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Pathways to Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care is concerned with a growing interest from policy and research in the professionalisation of the early childhood workforce. Illustrated by in-depth case studies of innovative and sustainable pathways to professionalisation, it recognises the importance of a systemic approach to profes...
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La récente vague d’immigration dans l’UE amène de nombreux États membres à transformer les pratiques pédagogiques dans l’accueil et l’éducation de la petite enfance pour obtenir des résultats meilleurs et plus équitables chez les enfants migrants et pauvres. Des recherches récentes ont montré que la qualité de l’accueil et l’éducation des jeunes en...
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There is growing evidence among researchers and internationalorganisations that quality of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), andultimately the outcomes for children and families – especially disadvantagedones – is dependent on well-educated and competent staff, and that a lack ofhigher pre-service training can be partly compensated by in-s...
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Pathways to Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care is concerned with a growing interest from policy and research in the professionalisation of the early childhood workforce. Illustrated by in-depth case studies of innovative and sustainable pathways to professionalisation, it recognises the importance of a systemic approach to profes...
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Social attitudes about male participation in the upbringing of children have changed considerably over the past few decades. Men are now seen as important for children’s development and learning. Research from many countries worldwide shows that in early childhood care and education (ECEC), male workers are welcomed by female colleagues and parents...
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While policy-makers and researchers in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) often seem to speak different languages, overwhelming research evidence on how quality ECEC can play a key role in alleviating the effects of disadvantage can be extremely relevant for policy-makers. In this article, we focus on how philanthropic foundatio...
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Dit artikel vat de voornaamste conclusies samen van een onderzoek dat door de Europese Commissie werd uitgeschreven en dat werd uitgevoerd door PPMI in Vilnius in samenwerking met experten van VBJK , de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven en Noirin Hayes (Irl) : Study on the effective use of eraly childhood education and care in preventing early school...
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Dit onderzoek uitgevoerd in opdracht van Eurofound, een agentschap van de Europese unie voor de verbetering van leef-en werkomstandigheden in Europa is een systematische literatuur-studie ('systematic review') dat de impact onderzocht van werk-omstandigheden en permanent leren op de kwaliteit van voor-zieningen voor kinderen van 0 tot 7 jaar en op...
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The focus of this report is on the impact of the working conditions and continuous professional development (CPD) of the workforce in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on the quality of the services provided and, in particular, on the outcomes for children. The report reviews research evidence from all 28 EU Member States, incl...
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In dit hoofdstuk wordt ingegaan op welke competenties van opvoeders belangrijk zijn om te werken in een context van diversiteit met jonge kinderen en hun ouders. Maar competent zijn is niet alleen de verantwoordelijkheid van de individuele opvoeder, we hebben nood aan een competent systeem, en in dit hoofdstuk wordt dieper ingegaan hoe zo een compe...
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Belgium, as a federal state as well as its regions, has been putting forward strategies to prevent and eradicate childhood poverty and social exclusion. Belgium has a complex institutional model as a federal parliamentary state made up of communities and regions that have their own governments and powers. These results in powers related to childhoo...
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This case study is a part of a study commissioned by the European Commission DG E&C: Study on the effective use of ECEC in preventing ESL
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There is a broad consensus among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers that the quality of early childhood services – and ultimately the outcomes for children and families – depends on well-educated, experienced and ‘competent’ staff. But what exactly makes a competent early childhood practitioner? How can competence be understood, and its d...
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N° EAC/17/2012 Study on the effective use of early childhood education and care in preventing early school leaving The Study on the effective use of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in preventing early school leaving (ESL) aimed to collect evidence on how equitable and high-quality early child education and care can influence the performan...
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There is growing evidence among researchers and international organisations that quality of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), and ultimately the outcomes for children and families – especially disadvantaged ones – is dependent on well-educated and competent staff, and that a lack of higher pre-service training can be partly compensated by...
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Tout d'abord, nous allons faire un retour historique rapide en nous intéressant particulièrement à la période de développement des services de la petite enfance dans les années 1970, sous l'influence du féminisme dit de la deuxième génération. Nous nous intéresserons aussi aux évolutions des deux dernières décennies, en incluant les conceptions de...
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Despite the political and academic debate on the demands for more male workers in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), no European country has reached the benchmark set for 2006 to have 20% male early childhood workers. This has predominantly been countered by challenging the idea that care for the youngest implies an activity ‘that women nat...
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De economische crisis heeft in vele Europese landen ervoor gezorgd dat het aantal plaatsen in de kinderopvang sterk teruggelopen is. Dichtbij huis is de ‘krimp’ van de Nederlandse kinderopvang het meest bekende voorbeeld. In Duitsland en België zien we echter dat het aantal kinderopvangplaatsen sterk gestegen is . Maar in Vlaanderen is die sterke s...
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The aim of this briefing note on ‘Public Childcare Services in the European Union: The model of Belgium’ is to inform the European Parliament Members about the achievements towards the so called Barcelona Targets (Availability of childcare facilities for 90% of all children from 3 years of age until the mandatory school age; and 33% coverage for ch...
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We provide a historical (genealogical) study of the changes in discourses on adult education since the famous UNESCO conference in Montreal, to present day texts of the European Union on lifelong learning. We also analyse how these changing global discourses on lifelong learning have travelled – through the hegemony of English language – to local s...
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There is a large consensus on the beneficial effects of early childhood care and education, especially for children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as on the crucial role of professional qualifications. However, this consensus also leaves many crucial educational issues undiscussed and may therefore mask areas of profound dissensus. W...
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Quali competenze per i professionisti della prima infanzia? Le prospettive europee per l'innovazione e la formazione delle competenze nel lavoro educativo con la prima infanzia Jan Peeters-Università di Gand (Belgio) – 1 Arianna Lazzari (Università di Bologna) 2 La riflessione che segue è frutto di una ricerca svolta dall'Univesità di Londra Est e...
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In recent years, interest in policy and among decision–makers in the pre-school education has greatly increased - preschool education has found its place in all the strategic goals and objectives of Serbia. Increasing insights on national (low coverage – particularly children from vulnerable groups; kindergarten services are not used by those who n...
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Male childcare workers are quite scarce in Early Childhood Education and Care services in all the European Countries and often are a controversial subject. After offering some data about this issue, the article describes the recommendations and actions undertaken by European Union to reduce the gap between men and women in their work with the young...
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The close connection between the quality of provision for young children and professionaliation of the field has long been supported by international research. That the two are inseparable aspects of one picture is beginning to become accepted at European policy level, as evident in recent high level EU policy documents. This article explores the r...
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The close connection between the quality of provision for young children and professionaliation of the field has long been supported by international research. That the two are inseparable aspects of one picture is beginning to become accepted at European policy level, as evident in recent high level EU policy documents. This article explores the r...
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International reports on early childhood education and care tend to attach increasing importance to workforce profiles. Yet a study of 15 European countries reveals that large numbers of (assistant) staff remain invisible in most international reports. As part of the CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care) we co...
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For the past 10 years, there has been ongoing research at the University of Ghent on professionalism in childcare (the 0–3 age group) in the Flemish Community of Belgium. This research has been inspired by the ‘Contesting Early Childhood’ movement, which is based on the premise that pedagogic research can lead to social change. The first studies de...
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This chapter gives a comparative overview of the professionalisation of the childcare professions in the Flemish Community of Belgium, England, France, New Zealand and Denmark. Its first aim is to highlight a paradox in the professionalisation of childcare in Flanders; with ever-higher societal expectations of professionalism, there is a strong ten...
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Chercheurs, praticiens et décideurs politiques s'accordent à dire que la qualité des services à la petite enfance – et ses conséquences pour les enfants et les familles – dépendent de la « compétence » du personnel. CoRe un projet de recherche abordent la question de savoir ce qui fait la compétence d'un praticien de la petite enfance. Un nouveau r...
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Inleiding De samenhang tussen onderwijs (educatie) en welzijn (zorg) is aan actueel thema, ook voor jonge kinderen. In een recent uitgebrachte communicatie van de Europese Commissie (2011) wordt gepleit voor een geïntegreerd concept van kinder-opvang en kleuterschool en wordt het belang onderstreept van het wegwerken van de scheiding tussen zorg en...
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De beslissing van de VLOR om niet in te gaan op het advies van de communicatie van de Europese Commissie om kinderopvang te integreren in onderwijs, maar te kiezen voor warme overgang tussen kinderopvang en onderwijs, wordt besproken vanuit een internationaal perspectief
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Article sur la recherche CoRe (Competences requirements in Eraly childhood Education) commanditée par la direction générale de l' education et Culture de la Commission Européenne. CoRe a enquêté auprès de d' experts de 17 pays et mené sept études de cas approfondies sur les compétences réquiqes pour travailler avec les jeunes enfant ( 0-6 ans).
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Overview There is large degree of consensus that higher staff qualifications are correlated with higher quality in early childhood provision and that reflection is the most important part of professionalism. However, the concepts of the 'reflective practitioner' and the 'reflexive practitioner' (see below for the elaboration of these terms), althou...