Your Reflective Journal and the Standards

Reflective Journal

To achieve your Early Years Teacher Status, you need to demonstrate your reflective practice and here are some tips on why, where, and how you can do this.

The why

1) Some Standards explicitly ask for you to evidence your reflective practice, for example, Standard 8.6 which asks you to ‘reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of provision’.

2) Your evidence for other Standards would be stronger if you include evidence of your reflection, for example, Standard 3.3, where you need to ‘demonstrate a critical understanding of the EYFS areas of learning and development’.

In both these cases, you need to think about how you can use your reflective journal to record your engagement in reflection.

The where

1) Your journal is not a compulsory source of evidence, but it can be very useful. For example, you can evidence your thought process in detail for those Standards that require evidence of your reflection and evaluation. You can then include these journal entries in your portfolio.

2) You can use your journal to practice reflective writing if you are not used to this. This will help you develop the skills you need to write a reflective account of your practice in your written assignments.
The how

The how

Your journal can be in any format that suits you.

It is your journal, and its one purpose is to help you organise your journey through the Standards.

You can use it to help you get to know the Standards and help you identify those Standards that need detailed
evidence of your thoughts and interactions with children and adults.

For example, at the end of each day, you can use your journal to record an activity you engaged in and your
evaluations and reflections and map this against the Standards. This will help you develop your
skills of reflective writing and get to know the Standards better and will only take you half an hour at

When you are more familiar with the Standards you can use your journal to make lists of different
groups of Standards, for example, those concerned with child development or those relating to working with wider
professionals. This will help you get to know similarities and differences and how the Standards fit together.

You can use these lists to help you plan your evidence. For example, you can make a list of Standards that would be
evidenced best in a journal, such as Standard 2.4 on sustained shared thinking and all Standards where you need a
record of a conversation in some detail. If you take your journal to work with you, then when an incident arises,
you have your journal to hand to record your words and your thoughts while they are still fresh in your mind.