In the year 2011, I realized there were a few big gaps that were missing that other companies were not filling. Even after working in the childcare sector for over a decade and making my way from being an untrained Educator to a Manager of a successful business things just were not how I wanted them.
Angelicare was born to help my fellow Educators/ Practitioners to start their own journey to be in the sector or to start their own service or centre.
- Why Care Matters and Why is Early Childhood Education Important?
The Early childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector is more than preparation for primary school and more than just playing with children all day. It should aim at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for them to be learning their whole life and supporting their wellbeing in the process to prepare them for the world that is ahead of them. ECEC has the possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.
- What Specific Outcomes Does Early Childhood Education Have on a Child’s Future?
Studies have looked at everything from the broad social benefits of early childhood education, to something as specific as STEM learning outcomes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and how introducing children to these topics early on can have a lasting impact,”
It is so important to encourage ECEC Educators/ Practitioners to really get to know their students and each of their specific interests as they are all unique individuals and no one child is the same not even twins are. “When Educators/ Practitioners have this approach and mindset, that relationship can really influence the children day to day and build trust — and studies have shown that when children are comfortable and trust the people around them, they learn more quickly and successfully because they feel safe”.
Parental involvement is also a big component of this relationship-building process, and its important for Educators/ Practitioners at this level to work closely with the families with a holistic approach. “When the partnership between Educators/ Practitioners and the family is successful, we see that have a ripple effect in a positive way throughout the child’s life,”
- What Is It Like to Work in the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector?
I was interested in this sector because I enjoy working with children and want to make a lasting impact on their lives having that passion is why I stay. Having started in 1998 I don't regret any of it. Helping children to learn and grow is very important to me. However this sector also provides lots of opportunities to grow yourself — not just in your knowledge but overall in your social emotional growth as well. It can help you develop leadership skills and to become a reflective practitioner and so much more.
There are so many diverse pathways to take such as:
Family Day Care Educator
Child Care Manager
Early Intervention Specialist
Education Specialist/ Tutor
Child Care Centre Owner etc
Which we can help you achieve, click here to find out more If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, the first step is to download our FREE Guide. Click here.
- How Can Educators/ Practitioners Maximize Learning Outcomes for Children at This Age?
In order to get the best outcomes for the children it’s important to provide experiences that children are interested in. You can further a child’s interest and scaffold their learning in all learning developmental domains through play.
An example of that is if Johnny played with a truck you can ask him “What will happen next?” then Johnny will drive the truck up a mountain of sand and then jumped really high off it. The Educator can say “Wow that was high and then can expand on that and talk about other vehicles that can go high or low. This simple interaction can extend onto furthuring Johnny’s receptive language development, mathematical skills and much more. This is more effective than asking Johnny to stop playing with the truck and sit down and ask him what things are high in the sky ?.
- What Are Some of the Biggest Challenges People Working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector Face?
The biggest challenges Educators/ Practitioners face is finding the right balance between working one-on-one with children and managing the larger group as a whole. “For example, if you’re working in a classroom, you could be really focused on learning what a child’s specific interests and needs are — meanwhile you’ve got lots of other children who also need your attention.”
Figuring out how to apply and implement classroom standards can also be an issue for new Educators/ Practitioners. I went a little crazy with making charts, making or buying games etc in my first year but the longer I was in the sector, the more I was able to take a deep breath and realize that I didn’t need to be so hard on myself.”
I would suggest to enjoy the time and be guided with what the children are interested in and try not to be perfect. It is important to provide an environment that meets their social development because children thrive and strive in that environment.
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