#04 Shine as an Educator – Interviewing Parents

Early Childhood Educators

Episode #03 saw us reexamine the boundaries you have in place for your families.
This is a perfect opportunity to also look at our very first contact with new clients/
families in #04.
As Educators we often focus on the children and forget, or don’t feel comfortable to take
a business approach as well. Todays episode, I share with you some of my interview
techniques and how I invite families to come for their first visit. Interviewing Parents.

Question Time…

Do your interview questions need revisiting,
are they up to date?

Have an interview process that you can use over and over. Develop a process that shares
the values you want to portray in your service.
I set up interviews for morning tea time. A positive, fun morning is what we are aiming
for right from the start.
Remember to sell your service and the benefits of Family Day Care.

Our Challenge…

Add two new interview questions that reflect your service.

Spend time getting to know the Child and Parent.
But also discuss these areas – and add your own questions to personalise the interview.
Routine
Have they used care before?
What preconceived ideas do they have coming into FDC?
Sleep times
Quiet times
Wellness discussion
Set clear boundaries
Expected communication
Healthy eating
Allergies
Routine and Non Routine Excursion
Animal interaction
Fee Policy
Scheme contact and visits
Offer a Portfolio or photo album, for a deeper understanding of your service
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators

Top Tip…

Keep a list of question that reflects you as an educator in
your Family Day Care

We interview parents, interview them as well as you can.
Trust yourself and find the confidence to say no!! to a new client if the placement of that
child in your service is not in the best interest of you, your other children in care or the
new child.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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Links for this Podcast:

simpereflect.com.au
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#03 Shine as an Educator

Early Childhood Educators

What did you decide to change or improve this week?
Episode 2 Challenged you to take a sniper of time and think about changes you may
need…
Then place that decision into actionable steps that you were committed to – in a set time
frame.
We recognised the importance of documenting your intentional decisions, for use as
evidence of growth and development. This step will help you as you need to create
other documents such as you qip and your philosophy.

Now on with Episode 3 –

Question Time…

How do you take time out and give yourself some love?
I received an email this week about recognising and preventing burnout. A very real
and important issue in Family day care. I share 3 non negotiable times I set aside
for myself, encouraging you to look at the systems you have in place to support and
help you.
# A minimum of half hour quiet time, every day, where I also have a little downtime.
# Getting up a half hour earlier on hump day for personal time. (I often wash my hair,
lol, but in my mind it is personal time to do whatever I want with. hehehe )
# Wednesday night I have a personal training session which is important to my head and body.
These are just a few of my many systems I have in place, I would love to hear some of
yours??

Our Challenge…

Re examine the boundaries you have in place for your families.
Be sure to set up firm boundaries with new clients.
Parents are not mind readers, clear professional conversation will keep your values and
boundaries. Newsletters are also an easy way to remind parents of your requirements in
a friendly non confrontational way.
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators

Top Tip…

Plan your week well.
Make a non negotiable appointment with yourself and keep it. If you are asked to do
anything for anyone it is often easier to say – ‘I am sorry I have an appointment’
– yes it is with yourself but it is as important as an appointment with anyone else!!
Priorities your own health and wellbeing, think of it as a gift you can give yourself and
your family.
Your number one priority this week… Plan when you will refill your cup, so that you
have enough love and support to share with those you love, and all of the many areas in
your life that need you…

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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Links for this Podcast:

simpereflect.com.au
shineasaneducator.com

#02 Shine as an Educator

Early Childhood Educators

How did you find episode 1 – A little confronting?? We as educators spend so much time
worrying about others wellbeing, we don’t often take the time to focus on ourselves.
I hope you took the time to really Reflect to Critical Reflect, and celebrate YOU.

Now on with episode 2 –

Question Time…

Is there something you need to change??
Take the time to think about how you want to feel… Now what changes do you need
to make??

Our Challenge…

Change or improve just one thing you do this week!!
It could be as simple as intentionally changing the way you interact with someone or a
much larger goal, make the commitment to do one thing.
Write it out and share if you would like – if you write a goal down you are much more
likely to have the commitment to followed through with your challenge – Improve just
one thing you do this week.
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators

Top Tip…

Document your critical Reflection insight well – they can be used for so much in your
business.
Over the coming months we will use our Critical Reflections. Collating and creating our
Critical Reflections will help delve into our true feelings and goals with in our business
and working with our precious children.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#01 Shine as an Educator

Early Childhood Educators

Are you ready to Shine as an Educator??
Here we are with our first
Question
Challenge
&
Top Tip

Critical Reflection Question…

Dig deep into your beliefs, your own values and your sense of being to answer…
What are you good at?? Really Really Good at?? What do you do super well??

Challenge time…

Find a trusted, supportive someone that you have on your educating journey with you
and ask them,
What am I good at as an educator??
Remember this question is to give you insight into what you can celebrate.
It is about celebrating being who you are, the unique skills you use to be YOU.
Check out Simple Reflect – The latest documenting tool for Educators

Top Tip…

Spend time reflecting on what you believe you are good at – is it what you want
to be recognised for??
Now you recognise you do something really well, Celebrate it, keep it in your mind,
when you are having a shocker of a day, (and we definitely all have those) …
Reflect on it, document it and make it a question you ask yourself regularly
– What was I really good at this week – what did I do super well that I can celebrate
right now…

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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Links for this Podcast:

simpereflect.com.au
shineasaneducator.com