How To Build Strong Relationships with Children

Early Childhood Educators are in a unique position. They’re trusted to help educate and guide children that are not their own and expected to have a deeper knowledge and greater understanding of childhood behaviour and psychology than the average parent.

Early Childhood Educators are expected to know how to relate to children effectively, and how to create strong relationships and deep bonds.

It takes many years and a diverse range of experiences to develop this understanding and knowledge. But we can expedite the process by hearing from other experts, and learning from their experiences.

Early Childhood Educators know how important it is to stay up to date with new thinking and approaches and hear about new research and how it can be applied in an early learning environment. And Government and policy makers are keen to support educator’s with their professional development and have committed to the sector over $200m via the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (view more about this at LDCPD Programme).

With a commitment to advance thinking in our sector and challenge entrenched views,  Kool Kids Training College is sponsoring a one day Professional Development Event on the Gold on Saturday 16th July called ‘Day With The Best! PD Event.’

The following is a snapshot into a small selection of the issues and speakers at Day With The Best.

Understanding Complex Behaviour

Sandi Phoenix is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators.

Sandi understands that there are reasons that children act the way they do, even if their behaviour appears to have no reason. Often a child’s behaviour needs to be unpacked, but if we dig deep enough we’ll discover that their behaviour meets a need.

Behaviour, particularly complex behaviour usually fulfils a certain requirement that often relates to one or more basic human life needs.

Once we understand the need behind the behaviour we can help the child meet those needs in different and better ways. We can fill their metaphorical cup of needs more appropriately.

We can take a positive approach to guiding their expected behaviour and behavioural choices within the learning environment.

Giving Children A Voice

Carrie Rose is a member of the Logan Child Friendly Consortium and is currently engaged in the Logan Together project – a long term, whole of community effort to create the best life opportunities for every child in Logan.

Whilst Logan Together is a project based on a specific community, there are key strategies we can learn it. Particularly the way that sharing the competence of young children to the Logan community has influenced the shape of the project. These strategies can be successfully applied to other settings.

Involving the children of Logan in the Logan Together project was hugely successful and lead to a deeper understanding of how we can advocate for and with children in the community. Children can help create strong community ties and give us greater understanding of community needs and aspirations.

By understanding the importance of the relationship with children we can better support communities. We can work with children to ensure their voices are present in society, so they have a say in shaping the neighbourhoods they live in.

Building Strong Relationships

Strong relationships are based on trust and our relationships with children are no exception.

Whilst it’s tempting to use cute baby-talk with children, it’s not conducive to building a strong relationship based on trust and mutual respect. Utilising baby talk may seem fun, but it’s perceived as patronising, even by small children.

Louise Dorrat has extensive experience managing Early Year’s services including Inclusion Support, and she shares her perspective on respectful and authentic communication, versus cutesy and patronising.

Children want to be valued as individuals. They want their contributions to be appreciated and respected. They want to be understood and they want our responses to demonstrate that respect and understanding.

Invest in YOU

The above 3 speakers were involved with Day With The Best 2016. They, along with another 5 thought leaders in Early Childhood Education conducted 12 workshops at this one day PD event.

If you want to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the childhood profession, reserve your interest in the Day With The Best 2017 by leaving a comment below.

The Day With The Best is created for Early Childhood Educators by Early Childhood Educators and it brings together Australia’s leading experts.

Here’s what some people had to say about the 2016 event:

I’m so glad I was lucky enough to come. I can’t wait to implement it at work –  A. Barnes Kool Kids Nerang

Thanks for an inspiring, thought provoking day. I enjoyed every moment.” – T Eichmann TCS

The only dissapointing aspect was I could not attend all workshops!   – L. Bateman g8 Education

Reserve your interest in the Day With The Best 2017 by leaving a comment below.

7 Surprising Reasons To Start A Career In Childcare

It’s hard isn’t it?

To know what career is ‘right’ for you. What’s going to fit you, your skills, your talents and your interests?

The career you choose needs to be fun and flexible, and grow with you. You should be able to use it to see the world.

You should be able to work it around your personal goals like having a family, or starting your own business.

And it should be rewarding, so you get a great sense of accomplishment. That way your work becomes far more than a job and much more than a career.

It becomes a passion. Something you love to do every day.

And you know what? A career in childcare can offer you all of those things.

Really.

And here are some more surprising reasons to start a career in childcare:

1.  You Get Paid To Play

You get to spend your day surrounded by children – teaching them, playing games with them and reading stories. You foster their social skills and entertain them.

If you love being around kids, this is the place for you! You have the opportunity to watch them grow and help mould them into the people they’ll become.

2.  Your Career Grows With You

Depending on your qualifications, you could be a playground supervisor, a nanny, a child care worker, a child care manager, or an early childhood educator.

And that’s not all. The great thing about working in the childcare industry is that you could even end up as an entrepreneur, operating your own business!

3.  You’re Always In Demand

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the use of formal child care has been increasing since 1999. More people are using qualified carers to look after their 0-12-year-old children, and fewer people are using informal care provided by family and friends.

The childcare industry continues to grow and qualified child carers are always in demand, so you’ll always be able to find work.

4.  You Get To Be Your Best

It used to be seen as “just childcare” but it’s seen as the specialised career it really is. That’s because you need qualifications so you know and understand children and their development.

There’s opportunity for constant learning about children, people and communication. So you get the opportunity to stretch yourself and be your best!

5.  You Can Take It Anywhere

Interested in travel? Child care workers are in demand all over the world so you can use your qualifications to help fund a working holiday or travel overseas.

As a childcare worker, you have the potential to work as a nanny or child care professional and travel anywhere you like. Pretty cool, huh?

6.  You Have Flexibility

One of the best things about working in childcare is that there is a great deal of flexibility for both full time and part time roles. If you have children yourself, this is a great bonus.

You can work your career around further study or other outside interests. Not many careers have this level of flexibility built in.

7.  You Have Fulfilment

A lot of people struggle to find satisfaction and fulfilment in their work, but not carers.

Working with children is rewarding because you get the satisfaction of looking after people who really need you. And children know how much you care, and show how much they love you too.

“Working with children has been the best decision I’ve ever made.  … the best fun and the people are really friendly and the kids are adorable.”

– Tommi, 2015 School Based Trainee

Interested in a Career Change?

Start your career in Children’s Services today and become an early childhood educator.

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How To Find The Right Childcare Training For You (Even If You’re Overwhelmed With Choice)

Which one is best?

So you’ve decided on a career in childcare, but how do you find the right training?

There are a lot of people out there offering training in early childhood education and care. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you?

You want professional training and the inside scoop from childcare sector specialists.

You want training that comes with strong support – trainers who are more like supportive friends.

You want training that gives you confidence as well as nationally recognised qualifications.

Sounds like you could use a checklist!

We’ve listened to a lot of students and we’ve put one together for you. It’s a checklist to finding the perfect training for YOU!

Here’s what to look out for:

Flexible Enrolments

You don’t want to have to wait for an annual intake to start, you want to start training now. And that’s what flexible enrolments offer you.

The best training colleges offer you the ability to enrol today and be in class tomorrow!

Childcare Sector Specialists

Look out for training by specialists, the colleges that only offer training in children’s services.

Why are these the best? Because you won’t come across a trainer who is spread too thin from teaching hospitality, or health and fitness, or aged care. You’ll be taught by people who specialise in childcare.

Awesome Trainers

What makes an ‘awesome’ trainer?

People who don’t teach from a textbook. Instead, they give you real life examples and inside knowledge so you know what you’re doing and you’re not drowning in theory.

And they’ve gone to the effort of writing the curriculum ‘inhouse.’ They don’t give you a textbook. They give you the most up to date resources written by the industry for the industry.

Look for trainers who are experienced in the industry – people who have worked in childcare themselves.

Clever Credentials

It may seem obvious, but make sure you sign up to the amount of training you want, and that you get the qualifications you need.

Great training organisations offer CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and enable you the flexibility to study for your CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care later. This allows you to get the qualification you need to start working in the industry, and the flexibility to build on your training later.

Great training organisations offer you a pathway of education from that point onto a Bachelor’s Degree.

Super Support

There are trainers and there are trainers …Am I right?

And the best trainers are the ones who coach and mentor you so you achieve amazing results and get the BEST out of yourself. Always check out the support and testimonials from other students when you’re looking at a training course, so you’re not left hanging.

Convenient Locations

No one wants to spend forever travelling to their training college.

Look for training that’s offered in several locations so you can find something close to you. That means you can spend less time commuting and more time doing what you love.

Great training organisations know the value of class backed up by centre based training but also know some students prefer to study from home so they offer the BEST in e-learning.

Student WOW!

Student WOW is hard to find, but you can find it if you look hard. So, what do you look for?

Training organisations who see your learning as a shared journey between the two of you. Trainers who make learning both rewarding and fun. And training that supports you with practical placement experience where your trainer is in contact regularly and sees you in the workplace to not only assess, but to guide and mentor.

For new entrants to the industry this ensures when the time comes to work part time or full time in the industry you have the hands-on experience and are ‘industry ready’.

Start Today

Now you know what to look for, you can find the perfect childcare training provider for you.

Your fabulous new career could be only a click away.