#11 Shine as an Educator – #ShapingFutures

Early Childhood Educators


Here we are at episode 11 and super close to starting our Christmas planning.
Shortly to come is a series of Podcasts to help with your programming and
experiences heading into the very busy Christmas season.
But first over the weekend the Family Day Care world held their Conference.
I was very excited to hear Dalene Eadie had been named National Educator of the year
by Family Day Care Australia at the 2015 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.
Link to Dales fb page and website…
https://www.facebook.com/PuzzlesFamilyDayCare?fref=ts
http://thepuzzlesconnection.com.au/
I also attended a fantastic workshop with Dale earlier in the year…
http://blog.simplereflect.com.au/puzzles-family-day-care-workshop/
Congratulations to all the State winners, Educators and schemes recognised through
the awards.

Critical Reflection Question…

How will you improve the service that you offer, and ensure ongoing, consistent,
high quality care?
Family Day Care Australia’s focus for the conference was #ShapingFutures and
I love the discussions and thought provoking write ups that come out of such an event.

Challenge…

Spend some time reading about who the speakers were, what they shared and the
discussions that have been created from the particular speakers?
I find it fascinating to look at who Family Day Care Australia see as important to
address us. Who they chose to share the views of, and what those views ended up being.
What they see as inspiring and beneficial to educators moving forward.
I feel very strongly, educators should definitely take the time to connect more;
and what a fantastic event and opportunity to do so.
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Top Tip…

If you were disappointed not to go. Or are at a point were you would benefit and
really love to go to a function for educators – take some time to set some goals.
Set aside some time to think about whether a larger networking event is for you,
because they are on quite regularly and are fantastic to go to – even of it’s only
once or twice.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#10 Shine as an Educator – Our own Children

Early Childhood Educators


Here we are at episode 10 – I am very grateful for the many new connections and
friends that this podcast has enabled.
I invite you to reach out and connect. As educators, we need to build strong
connections, for those times when we can feel overwhelmed or isolated. It is
definitely my hope and goal to help build new skills and connections, with you…
So while we are talking about new skills; lets kick off our Critical Reflection
question number 10. Yay!!

Critical Reflection Question…

How do I support, cherish and offer my own children a Space of solitude and comfort
when needed within my Family Day Care setting?
Yes this episode is focusing on, as educators, our own children!!
I have some very simple but imperative tips for you… Lets aim at covering 5 key areas
– there is definitely 100’s of things you can do but these are my musts without a
doubt. But these key areas are to make their journeys a little bit easier and your
journey a little bit easier too.

Lets look at these as 5 new challenges for you…

#1. Giving our children their own space to retreat to.

It is our choice to become FDC educators and often we choose this path with them in
mind, to spend more time with them.
We want their time, being involved with family day care, to be a positive experience.
One way to build a positive experience is by not overwhelming them and having to be
with the Fdc children all the time.
So lets create an area that they are safe to retreat to!!
#2. Tucking away their special toys

This can be done by using a basket, boxes, a special shelf, have a think about what
special space you can encourage your children to pop their special things way in.
It just stops all those arguments and fights right from the start before they even
start. This is something my husband and I have always done and – it makes a massive
massive difference to how happy your children are, and prevents all those extra
little fights.
#3. Set aside at least 15 minutes at the start of quiet time to have solely special
time with your child.

It’s a valuable time and my Lach knows he gets that special time…
Just one on one just him – every single day that we have Fdc children in care and
I would strongly recommend that you find a time slot that works for your children,
predictable, for them. Its really really beautiful to be able to say to them lets
do that in our special time – and then follow up with always doing what was promised.
#4. Only accepting children into care who are the same age or older then your child.

Often something that new educators don’t think of as an option for them.
This is something you might want to think about whether this idea would be a good fit
or beneficial for your child.
#5. Talk to other educators about what works for them!!

I hope you can really feel a common thread happening through all of my podcasts.
If you find a network of educators that you can be part of, bounce ideas off or really
ask them the nuts and bolt things – ask them what works for them and their children!!
You will find some quirky ideas that might just work for you as well.
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Top Tip…

So I have now given you five very strong recommendation, and of course there are
hundreds of things that will work for your child in Family Day Care. These are my
main five that I felt it was important to share.
Have a serious think about these ideas and work out how they will work for you.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#09 Shine as an Educator – Programming, Play based learning!

Early Childhood Educators


Over the last few weeks I have received many questions about programming and play
based learning…
My aim today, is to share an insight into my program; A bit about how my thinking
works and how I often hop from one thing to the next – led by the children and
following and facilitating their interests and curiosities…
All of next weeks program has been developed from our one show this week – A show
called Spotty bear. That was fantastic!!

Critical Reflection Question…

What steps am I taking to ensure my program is child focussed and play based??
Through out this year – On a Wed I have a 2yo, two 4 yo and my Lach who is 5 yo.
One of my favourite times of the day is interacting with the children over lunch.
We have the most amazing conversations, sometimes totally mystical and others very,
very serious and down to earth, especially for under 5s.
So we went to the spotty bear show and I wanted to know what they recalled and what
their take on it was – and what they thought about many of the messages shared.
So we spoke about spotty and the journey he went on to try and remove his spots.
Did we think spotty should of been able to remove his spots? All the people that tried to
help him? He didn’t realise how special he was?… Im sure you can imagine the
discussion I was encouraging but it is important to me that at this age the children steer
the conversation themselves. I try to be a guide to that conversation not the leader as
such… to guide in a nonintrusive way…

Our Challenge…

Truly set about discovering three child based experiences your children will love next
week!!
I will share with you how we got to child based programming – and you can share with
me whether this is were you would go too? Remembering that as unique as our children
each are – we as educators are also unique and will bring different experiences to each
of our journeys.
Ok so we are at the table they have been tossing around the ins and out of what they
saw…
And off they went – did you see they held spotty by the legs; that wouldn’t get his spots
off that would hurt; hmm no you can hold me by the legs and it wouldn’t hurt; we
practice when we do wheel barrow races. We could do wheel barrow races after lunch; I
think I would rather use real wheelbarrows; What would you use the real wheel barrows
for? Well we still have planting to do; Yes we do we still have beans to plant.
Do you know they covered spotty in snow he would of got very cold; cold as ice; the ice
would of melted on spotty; what makes ice melt; not a spotty bear.
From listening – and this tiny snippet of these beautiful children conversation – have you
got an idea where my program is heading?…
1.We will be creating an obstacle course outside – having some wheelbarrow races
– maybe visit time and stop watches – thus visiting gross motor, pattern building,
numeracy skills as well.
2.We will be getting out the wheel barrows and small garden utensils, planting and
mulching the beans that are still to plant. Using our literacy skills to make tags
for the beans.
3.And we will be freezing some wonderful big blocks of ice to melt and experiment
with. Maybe paint and use salt to test our understanding and science skills.
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Top Tip…

Children that are nurtured in a truly child focussed, play based program will be
an amazing sponge ready to soak up the learning opportunities that are offered
to them.
As an early childhood educator this is one of my main aims – to facilitate and create
a space that is safe and encourages the children to share their ideas, likes, dislikes,
feelings and thoughts so that we can support them within their ongoing learning journey.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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#08 Shine as an Educator – Transition to school

Early Childhood Educators

It’s start of term 4 and if you are like me you are thinking about our beautiful
little munchkins going off to school next year and what else we can do to support their
transition.

Critical Reflection Question time…

What experiences can I plan to build strong resilient children transitioning to school?
As a caring Early Childhood educator I have spent the last few years progressively,
step by step, building children skills towards being independent, confident socially
and emotionally and full of all those wonderful skills we want them to have heading off
to school. We reflect, plan, support, build self help skills, resilience and fostering
children’s love and curiosity to learn.
It is important, to me, that I do every thing I can to help them be as ready as they can
be!! But what do I mean by ready?

Challenge…

Create three experiences that will help promote excitement and happy thoughts,
towards going to school…
I hope you weren’t expecting a list of what children should or shouldn’t know going to
school! Because between you and I, that most definitely should of been looked at many
months ago!!
But I now want us to take a little bit of a different tack here…
If your special little person who has all these wonderful skills, going for them – hasn’t set
eyes on the school until the day they go for orientation – how confident do you think
they will stay. If they have not been prepared for lets say being in a class of 20+ instead
of 4 – will they keep that spark and excitement for the day?
My challenge to you is think about how you can go above and beyond, how can you
create three experiences, to help this special little persons transition??
Is it a drive past the school and some exciting chatting or maybe a photograph of the
school, that could be added to the block corner. Going to the park with another educator
who also has a child going to that school next year? Getting their school hat to wear
this term to start discussions, oh my goodness the possibilities are endless…
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Top Tip…

Discuss your plans with your parents and explain to them the value to their child on why
you are doing it!!
This is a time when clear communication is so important – parents can create a level of
anxiety that children will pick up on and be greatly effected by.
Be proud of the difference you have made in a child’s life. Celebrate the guiding hand
you have offered to a family. This special little person has come so far and learnt
so much, take time to reflect on the difference you have truly made.

I would love to hear from you

Kath


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