Why Oh Why?

Oh My Goodness
EVERY single thing YOU do CAN BE FUN
Can be real, can be better in some way
Challenge yourself
Challenge yourself as an Educator
Challenge yourself as an Early Childhood Educator
How can you find the FUN in everything YOU do WITH the children?
I CAN’T stand it – the whinging – the whining – the negativity from educators
IF YOU need to have a whinge
Do it in a way that will move you forward
Do it with the aim to find a SOLUTION
A solution YOU can use
A solution that will help YOUR children
A solution that will see a better day for YOU and your precious children
PLEASE don’t whinge and whine without a goal
Without an aim
Without a purpose
Without the dedication of trying all the suggestions thrown at YOU
Yes ASK for help
Yes whinge and whine occasionally
Listen for the help
Listen for the understanding that comes
Listen for the experiences that will be shared with you
Take them
TAKE them and USE them…
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Do NOT put them in the too hard basket
Do NOT save them for another day
Do NOT continue to whinge and whine without an aim to grasp onto help, move forward with determination and make it work
Why oh Why ?
As grown, amazing, professional educators
AND Yes I wanted to say women
But we have amazing men too
Why oh Why
Do educators continue to whinge and whine
Without the determination to draw a line in the sand
make a change
Change something
TRY something
Claim the help that is offered to YOU
NOW!! YES Right NOW!!
P.S What advise have you been given lately that YOU needed to listen to?
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I Don’t Want MY CHILD to miss out!!

Do you DO experiences with your children
BECAUSE you see others doing it??
A question – I needed to ASK YOU!!
I hear from educators
I hear from parents
I even say it myself sometimes
If YOUR main reason for offering something -anything- to your children
Is that you don’t want them to miss out?
Time to re-evaluate
Re-assess your practice
WHAT are you offering the children?
WHY are you offering an experience?
HOW will you be offering value to your children?
BECAUSE…As early childhood educator’s
It’s about the CHILD
The value of each experience
The learning that is offered
The next step by step by step
NOT what other educators are doing with their children
OR let’s do this it will be fun
OR that special day is coming up
OR I don’t want my children to miss out
YOUR DECISION needs to be
IS this experience a valuable learning experience for my child’s next step?
YOUR FOCUS needs to be
IS this experience a valuable learning experience for my child’s next step?
IS this experience a valuable learning experience for my child’s next step?
Think over your program for the last month
Think over your planning for the next month
AND if YOU say YES
I AM offering valuable learning experiences
Then move forward and continue offering value to your children
AND if YOU say NO
Do some soul searching – Make some changes – Look at the children in your care – focus on development – Be brave – Dig deep and call yourself on the hard decisions
Now don’t get me wrong
I love offering the children interesting, creative experiences
That are fun, that are some special days, that are out and about in the community
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BUT they ARE also around
My Decision
My focus
My Commitment
To offer the children the best experiences I can
So they will have positive, valuable, learning experiences EVERY time they are in care with me…
AND I encourage you to do the same!!
P.S Share with me your thinking around offering value to our precious children… Message me… http://bit.ly/EYPMnow
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Reflective Practice – What does it mean to you?

As I am sure many of you know
I work with educators finding their way with Programming,
Guiding, supporting and sharing what I have learnt along the way on my journey
as an educator.
I love to support educators with taking a serious look at
What’s working?
AND what’s not!?!
Now how do you tell if your program is NOT working
1. You have unsettled children or crazy days that just don’t work
2. You don’t feel fulfilled as an educator
3. You have that nagging feeling that you need to change something but you are not
quite sure what?
Really the only way to move forward is with Reflective practice
Reflecting on again
What is working?
AND what is not!?!
Critical Reflecting on our practices as early childhood educators.
I popped up a meme this week that says just this
“Focus on Reflective Practice to move forward” and I am really serious about this if you
are feeling stuck, unhappy as an educator or like something needs to change
then you need to start using Reflective practice.
Now I have worked really hard to simplify this over the last year, into a way that is
and the nuts and bolt of what is important
not wishy washy theory
but what really is proven to work.
TO REALLY REFLECT AND GET RESULTS there are three things I recommend and if you
have been listening, reading, sharing our time with Shine as an Educator you will know this already
– but this is where I wanted to start…
1.. LOOK AT A CRITICAL REFLECTION QUESTION – What do we actually need to look at, what is it
that we are struggling with, articulate it, break it down, what is the crocs of the issue that
needs be to improve and requires or demands our focus.
What is not working for us as educators, what is not working with the children or within
the setting we are in.
2.. A CHALLENGE – brainstorming about all the different ideas we have to improve a
situation – pick one and put it into place – really commit to taking action
3.. AND THEN A TOP TIP FOR YOU – which is about seeking out what work for others, getting
advice from experienced educators
These are my actual steps for reflective practice and I hope it helps you, whether you do
this weekly or monthly is totally up to YOU.
But over the past year I have been doing this
with many educators and the feedback is incredible – it really, really WORKS!!
My aim this year is to really connect and support as many educators as I can.
The two real stand out struggles from last year that I receive questions and
requests for help with are Reflective Practice and educators feeling isolated or even
And this really does effect me – it makes me feel sad that educators are not finding what
they – YOU – need and I am really wanting to step up this year and do something about
So because reflective practice has become such a big part of what I am doing and how I
am currently helping educators
I have Shine as an Educator the podcast that you may like to check out HERE
I have also put together Shine as an Educator the mini ebook which is a workbook for
the FREE 4 week challenge to claim and connect with the support you need and really
stepping into the year on the right foot.
FREE Shine as an Educator Mini Ebook Reflective Practice Challenge

Come and join us…
It’s exciting to know we already have a growing beautiful community of awesome
educators that have joined and are benefiting from their new found confidence and
understanding of Reflective Practice.
My commitments this year is to offer something that I know educators will
love, get a lot out of and be able to offer it for free.
FREE Shine as an Educator Mini Ebook Reflective Practice Challenge

Remember to Shine as an Educator


Are you a Motivated Educator?


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??


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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??


Motivation Pick me ups from Simple Reflect


#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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