If YOU Don’t Step Up => They Miss Out…


A clear true statement that came to me as I hung up from a call
It hit me like a ton of bricks
When I am so certain of something
It takes my breath away
This is one of those REAL moments
When my inner voice shouts at me
To STOP
To think for an extra minute
Not to – just keep pushing on
STOP
BREATH
Take note of what my inner voice is feeling
If YOU don’t step up => They miss out…
The precious children we work with
ARE counting on us
They NEED us to step up
To offer them the best we can offer
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BE
Creative, caring and positive
Encouraging, engaging and guiding
Kind, understanding, true, real and trustworthy
I love the educators I work with
They are stepping up
They are recognising they need help
They are moving themselves forward one step at a time
Children are with us for such a short snippet of time
It is up to early childhood educators to recognise
the difference they are making – to know it – to own it
My call was with a beautiful educator
She was nervous, unsure and questioning her role as an educator
She had a list of reasons why…
WHY she couldn’t be the educator she wanted to be

Let me share HER list with you
> She was too inexperienced
> Not confident around the children that age
> Was expected to guide the other educators in her room
> Had missed her programming time
Now she also shared with me
> Her love for the children
> Her goals and struggles,
how hard she had worked to become an educator,
her determination and strength
> The way she loves interacting and encouraging the children
> Her excitement to see the children interested in new projects and
random wonderful things they may do for the day
NOW
It is clear
She loves being an educator
And after reading her list I have some questions for YOU…
> How experienced is ‘experienced enough’ to make a difference?
> How do you become confident around children of any age
but to spend time with them?
> Can you guide and support others by being a shinning example?
> If you are taking clear notes, and following the children’s interests,
know their strengths, have a clear cycle;
can you keep going with caring for the children?
NOW is the time for her to step up
To recognise she is making a difference
The children in our care
May only be with us…
A few months – A term – A year or A few years
Any way we look at it, time is IMPORTANT, they will NOT get it back!!
What are your choices??
HOW long will you WAIT –
without offering the children valuable experiences –
because you are waiting for someone more experienced to come along?
HOW long will you WAIT –
to become more confident?
HOW long will you WAIT –
when will you be ready to interact and guide others,
be the shinning example you could be now?
HOW long will you WAIT –
will you get your programming time?
OR
TAKE ACTION – Do what you know now and the rest will come
TAKE ACTION – Find someone to bounce ideas off and support you
TAKE ACTION – Do what you can now
TAKE ACTION – Take notes, offer value and
make your program a true cycle.
So many educators, beautiful educators spend too much time…
Questioning what you are doing
Doubting your own ability
Criticising yourselves and others around you
It’s time to step up
If YOU don’t step up => They miss out…
Kath
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