Reflective practice is an important part of the documentation process for educators but it is often neglected because of a lack of understanding or confidence about what is required.
Reflective practice can be implemented when an educator thinks critically about an event, action or experience to draw meaning from the situation. This meaning is used to inform future planning and learning outcomes.
The National Quality Standards require reflection to be an integral part of a services documentation practice, to guide programming and improve outcomes for children.
NQS 1.2.3 Critical reflection on children’s learning and development, both as individuals and in groups, is regularly used to implement the program.
There are three types of reflection as described by Donal Schon and Killon & Todnem which forms a cycle of reflection which can be viewed HERE