I was asked this week…
What keeps me motivated as an educator??
Pretty straight forward question – you would think – or not!!
I have pondered – critically reflected (maybe) all week, I wanted to give a down to earth, heart felt, real answer and seriously there is quite a lot to share. Motivation, I believe is a bit hard to describe but I will try 😉
Motivation -noun 1. a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Does it ring true to you … Staying Motivated, is all about staying positive and creating steps, to look at your big picture; in a way that brings positive feelings to you!!
So lets see,
#I love spending the day with my Son!! To move into any other profession would mean missing out on this special time with him.
#I make a difference in children’s lives – being a member of our family is pretty special – offering small group quality child care through Family Day Care offers a needed valuable service to families.
#To me owning my own business is really important and something I am super proud of – happy to shout really loud – I work hard and I love having my own business.
Oh yer that’s me and I would love to know if this is you too??
I can let you into a secret!!
Being motivated as an educator, is not always as easy as it sounds. There are times when positive thinking and recognising the benefits, when we do need a little extra bit of a nudge, so what can we do??
#Creating a list of all the things you love, the benefits your family achieves from having you run a – successful business – having your own Family Day Care
Try and make a list once a year – when your coming up on re-registration and it’s a bit tough, this is a great time to revisit your list.
#Recognise that we are human and we are always going to have ups and downs in life, as well as business. Be KIND to yourself.
#Make some changes!! Everything is not always going to go smoothly, personality clashes, working times, ages of children, changes of circumstances, Declare that something is not working and change it.
My final ah ha moment that I have to share with you is –
Never underestimate the benefits of a strong supportive network. Take time to offer others support, sharing ideas and tips that have worked, for you, will build understanding and a network of likeminded strong educators 🙂
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What is the very first step – What should we actually do!!
Are you passionate about creating learning experiences for children?
But aren’t quite sure where to start?
I have a lot of discussions with educators and they go just like this…
I do find programming difficult, I can have it all in my head but putting it on paper with the right wording is hard.
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Absolutely, Have you tried jottings? Writing three short sentences that help us get out of our heads what we are trying to say, or where we would like to go with the experience. Then coming back to them later and deciding if the jottings need expanding or could they be left like that? Kath
Sometimes just one little tip can make the world of difference!!
I loved sharing my 5 Top Tips for Documenting over with Nicky at Start your own family day care, I was very excited. Stepping up and starting your own business is a massive undertaking and networking with new educators to start their journey on the right foot – with confidence and a clear direction – is something I find very rewarding.
So 3 tips to stop the confusion – where to start your program???…
1. Keep it simple to begin with, small steps that you are comfortable with and are able to manage moving forward. Write short jottings or notes often less is more when we are starting…
2. Create environments/setting/experiences that are age appropriate and seriously again less is more!! Overwhelmed children will lead to children flitting from one experience to the other with no real learning or value taking place. Write down and celebrate the achievements children make when exploring these settings.
3. Find yourself a ‘Buddy’ an experienced educator that you can bounce ideas off. Everyone needs a little extra support when starting something new – use this opportunity to build a great network around you both online and if possible in the flesh too.
There is sooo much to wrap our heads around when starting a new business – especially one that involves the wellbeing of our precious children…
I’d love to hear from you – What other support do you need right now?
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Winter is here and I am well into programming our experiences for the next few months. Are You??
There are a few priorities that become forefront at this time of year and I mean for all of us – Educators, Children and Families
A few habits that are necessities when working with children – to teach and definitely do ourselves!!
Multivitamins – even if you don’t feel they are worthwhile in the warmer months
Washing Hands – Oh yes wash, wash and wash, new songs in winter… discourage children from putting their hands/fingers in their mouths, very difficult for toddlers but we can at least try.
Staying consistent with families on the level of ‘well’ you expect children to be coming into care and the same for yourself – if you need a sick day take one!!
Do you struggle through winter??
Some Educators, children and families can really struggle through Winter – It is worth being aware of this and show how caring, thoughtful and understanding you can be. Are you ready to give that extra bit of support. Injecting a level of energy and vibrance into your business can be amazing and uplifting to everyone around you.
Is there nothing worse then walking into a space that is bitterly cold!! Or even the opposite – stuffy with that closed up can’t breath stale air feel. Winter can be so tricky. Families have their own interpretation of warm, the management of children and their layers of clothes can take a fair bit of thoughtful, respectful communication.
4) STAYING ACTIVE
A great routine can help in Winter, but do you do a little extra?? – We do 🙂 Extra dancing, yoga, role play, indoor trampoline and practicing our skills like hopping, rolling and jumping.
5) CABIN FEVER 101
Lol I have three boys and learnt quite a while ago that children need outside time – no matter what the weather – my Family Day care families understand my feelings about winter and most days we feed the chooks and check the mail especially when its super cold and snowy. That’s what gumboots, Jackets and beanies are for.
I’d Love to hear about your Winter thoughts…