The Experts Speak - Advice for New Early Childhood Educators

The Experts Speak - Advice for New Early Childhood Educators

We asked for words of wisdom to pass on to new early childhood educators and were overwhelmed and touched by the advice you shared. Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some of this advice for new early childhood educators as they enter the challenging, rewarding job that is educating the very young. 

Don’t be afraid of what you may look like. Kids don’t judge. In fact they love it when you’re crazy and energetic with them. Just have fun. I’m new to early childhood and this is one main thing I have learnt. Also sing and dance heaps. They love music and songs and they don’t care a single bit what you sound like.
— Grace Lyndon
Trust that children learn through play. A child-centered classroom is a laboratory for learning, allowing children to explore and discover their world through hands-on experiences that foster social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth.
— Sarah Moore
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You never know what far reaching impact that giving your time to a child can have, also value and respect any item (leaf, rock, picture etc) a child may give you - it may be the only thing they have to gift.

- Tracy Warrington

Learn to take your teacher hat off and instead of asking questions, just sit and listen to their conversations in their play. Most often, that’s where all the learning is happening, without you having to say a word.
— Tabitha Stentiford
You don’t have to be perfect, let them see that you make mistakes but show them how to deal with them and move on. ‘Be’ what you want them to learn and know. And above all connect and know that you can care and love them and still be a professional and know how and what to leave behind at the end of the day.
— Nicki White
You better love this job, You better be passionate about it, You better be in it 100%. Because it’s the toughest thing you’ll ever do, you’ll feel like giving up ten times a week, you’ll cry about children that don’t even belong to you, you’ll get paid less than half of what you’re worth and you’ll work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life, nights, weekends, in the shower, over breakfast.
You’ll be exhausted 90% of the time, and you’ll wonder how you’re ever going to make it to Friday. But then you’ll get a hug, you’ll be handed a picture made just for you, you’ll hear “please read me” and be given a favourite story, You’ll see the look on a face who has struggled with tying his shoes for weeks - finally getting it. And it will all be completely worth it. Completely and - “I would never want to do anything else” - worth it.
— Rin Grace
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