Advice to New Educators II – The Parent Edition

Advice to New Educators II – The Parent Edition

Reading the advice and supportive guidance from our Facebook community to new early childhood educators was such a pleasure!  So much of this advice is as applicable to me as a parent as it is to educators.  We certainly have much to learn from children!

For this post I’ve picked out a few words of wisdom that reflect a parent’s view.  Thoughts that the parent community would share with those we trust with the nurturing, growth and protection of our children every day:

Communicate openly with whanau and build strong relationships with them so you can work together to support their child in their learning journey. Be yourself and celebrate precious moments with the children everyday.
— Sharon Radford
Always try to take the time to have real conversations with children, be authentic; tell them about your trip to the beach, your dog, how your car wouldn’t start and what you did about it, tell them a funny story.... they will love it and your relationships will blossom!!!
— Vicki Pickles
The children are at the heart of the matter however, if the adult is stressed or disconnected, there is no way the child is going to benefit. That said, listening with full attention to the child AND adult is what counts…I am for some adults the only other adult they talk to in [their] day.   Nancy Jacqueline Zekic
I would tell a new early childhood educator that parents NEVER get tired of hearing about their child’s day - any detail big or small that can be fed back will be cherished (especially if their little one has done something kind or clever!).
— Nicole Willis
To get plenty of sleep and dose up on vitamins so you have all the energy and health to make the most of each day as you work alongside awesome children and get to have so much fun with them.
— Amybeth Gutwein
Growing Readers in a World of Screens

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What has early childhood education learned from the brilliant mind of Jerome Bruner?

What has early childhood education learned from the brilliant mind of Jerome Bruner?