Implementing an effective Early Years Induction programme
Implementing an induction is crucial in any organisation, more so for employees working in a childcare environment. When a new employee is recruited it is the manager’s responsibility to carry out an induction. This an opportunity to go through important aspects of the organisation such as reading through important policies and procedures eg safeguarding children, behaviour management, understanding the importance of confidently etc
An effective Early Years Induction will help address any worries that new employees may have as well as outlining important information for the new employee to read and understand.
An induction programme can often take a few hours and it is important that both the employee and the manager are happy that everything has been understood. The benefits to carrying out an induction can include providing the employee with the opportunity to ask questions about the organisation and for one another to get to know a little more about each other as well as;
- Making the employee feel welcomed
- Giving the employee a chance to meet other employees
- Helping build employees self-esteem and motivation
- Develop good communication between employer and employees
When working with children it is imperative employees receive a full induction that covers safeguarding children, as Ofsted are very keen to see that employees have had a thorough induction involving safeguarding.
Some employees can often see an induction as a waste of valuable time, when in fact this is not the case, it is a crucial part of any organisation’s recruitment process and should always be undertaken with an employee. If an induction is not carried out this can lead to;
- Poor performance
- high turnover of staff
- Not understanding what is expected of them
- Breakdown in the team
As you can see conducting an Early Years Induction is highly important and should always be completed. To help you, Early Years Careers has created an Early Years Induction that you can purchase for a small price. This induction covers points you need to discuss with your new employee.
To purchase the Early Years Induction click here