KEEP, The Key Elements of Effective Practice


A broad knowledge base, continuous training and development, and a level of understanding that radiates to all children (and parents) are all key concepts within the Key Elements of Effective Practice (KEEP) statement that was published in 2005 by the Department of Education and Skills (DfES).

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In order to provide a high standard of care and education for children, early years practitioners work hard at their job role, constantly maintaining a high level of dedication and enthusiasm. A broad knowledge base, continuous training and development, and a level of understanding that radiates to all children (and parents) are all key concepts within the Key Elements of Effective Practice (KEEP) statement that was published in 2005 by the Department of Education and Skills (DfES).

Implementing Effective Practice

This course will help you to realise that commitment and dedication are essential if you wish to provide effective childcare for every child in your learning environment. Upon completion of the course, you will have a better understanding of KEEP, its links to the EYFS statutory framework and how you can improve your practice to meet the challenges you will face.

Work Towards your Goals 

As a current or prospective early years practitioner, you will undoubtedly aspire to be the best at what you do, and understanding concepts such as KEEP will help you to achieve your goals. This course, and others in our course aimed at Academic early years education selection, will help you to progress forward in your career, under the importance effective practice in early childhood education and reach your full potential as a childcare professional.

Key Learning Points

This course is primarily aimed at early years practitioners, and those training to be, within a variety of childcare settings.

  • Explore more about why the KEEP document was published, including the research that it’s based on.
  • Learn about the six concepts that make up the KEEP guidelines, how they are interlinked and how important they are in relation to the EYFS framework.
  • Understand the necessity for reflecting on your practice, so that you can identify any areas which need to be focused upon.
  • Appreciate the importance of training and ensuring that all staff members know that enhancing their knowledge, skills and understanding is essential – not just for the practice, but for their own learning journey.
  • Gain insight into some of the other studies that have looked into EYFS provision, including EPPE, REPEY and SPEEL.
  • Take a look at the KEEP publication from the DfES, published in 2005. This is accessible online via the courseware.
  • Learn how a practice can be improved, and how health and education services can work in unison to create a better outcome for the children in their care.

Advantages of this course

  • All course materials are available online, and can be accessed whenever you wish to study.
  • Resources are accessible any time of day, any day of the year. No need to set unachievable deadlines that you can’t commit to – just study when it suits you.
  • Plenty of varied learning resources available to suit any individual learning style, including videos and presentations for more visual learners.
  • Quizzes and downloadable activity sheets allow students to monitor their progress and expand their knowledge.
  • Extended reading and independent study is also available, to help broaden your expertise, including articles, recommended reading and clickable web links.
  • Finish the unit with a 10-question end of module multiple choice assessment, to help you to see how much you have learned throughout the syllabus and to provide you with a result which you can carry forward with you as you progress through your career.
  • Feel confident that you’re performing to the best of your ability as a childcare practitioner.

Enhance your knowledge and be prepared to continually develop your expertise so that you can always provide the best care for every child you look after.

Additional information

Exams Included


Course Type

Online Course

Expiry Date After Purchase

1 year

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1 GB

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iOS, Mac OS, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8


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