Families - without them, early childhood educators would be lost. Children belong first to a family, and then to a community. Families are children’s first educators, and are the most important foundation in children’s lives.
Many a centre leader or educator has been known to lament that it is “impossible to get feedback from families.” We get it - we’ve been there.
Think about your workplace. How many people in your workplace are exactly the same age? Now, think about your social connections. Are there people in that group that are not the same age as you?
Every good team is only as strong as its players, and one of the most important roles a team leader has is making sure that each and every team member has the best chance of success, and is in the best condition to play.
You’ve set up the worm farm and made an igloo out of recycled milk bottles, but what’s next in terms of sustainability?
Being an educator, an educational leader, or an early childhood teacher working in early childhood involves so many things, and one of the biggest aspects of all of those roles is watching what the children are doing.
You hear the excited announcement of a three-year-old from the garden: “I found a ladybug!” As more children come to take a look at this little wonder, you step back and observe - listening, watching, and marveling at the wonderment of the children.
Many of us find it difficult to receive feedback. Many of us find it just as difficult to give feedback. Wait, I hear you thinking “no way, it’s much easier to give someone else feedback than receive it yourself!” Well, I would suggest that there is a fine art to both, and it’s something that isn’t necessarily ingrained in us, rather a skill that we can learn and hone over time.
Hazards are a part of everyday life in early childhood education and care settings. Holes in the softfall, doors that don’t latch and carpeting that’s beginning to fray are all common issues that an educator might encounter.
If you ask any busy educator or childcare leader what they wish they had more of, they will likely tell you one of two things - time, or money.
Picture this…it’s a beautiful summer day in Perth. The morning and the afternoon have been in the 30’s, but still ok.