What Is an Early Childcare Educator?
An early childcare educator specialises in the academic, developmental, emotional, social, and physical needs of children under the age of 5. They can work for a daycare, a preschool, or one-on-one with children in their homes.
Early childcare educators interact with children during some of the most formative years of their lives. They teach them valuable communication and collaboration skills by guiding interactions with their peers.
Children also become stronger in their emotional connections and begin to develop interests that can stay with them throughout their lives under the guidance of early childcare educators.
Building blocks of learning
As the adage goes, reading, writing, and arithmetic are the building blocks of a solid education. However, there’s one more crucial component in building a strong learning foundation: well-qualified early childcare educators.
Research supports the notion that
can affect brain development. High-quality early childhood learning impacts children’s development. Choosing a daycare or preschool that adheres to the
Early Years Learning Framework
National Quality Standard
is a great first step in finding early childhood educators trained to make a difference.
Qualities of great early childcare educators
Early childcare educators must love working with young children. It’s one of the main requirements of the job. Besides enjoying helping children develop and grow, there are certain qualities that make early childcare educators especially suited to their roles.
Compassionate and caring
Young children need a lot of love and nurturing from their caregivers to support healthy growth and development. Early childcare educators who care about the whole child are better equipped at gaining children’s trust and attention — two things required for learning.
Creative and flexible
Creativity is a vital component of early childhood learning. It’s so important it’s in our name! Creative Childcare supports an environment where children are encouraged through
play-based learning. Our early childcare educators must be comfortable with crafts, educational games, physical activity, and storytelling.
Additionally, flexibility is important when working with children this age. Early childcare educators must formulate plans but be prepared to pivot when necessary.
Patient and kind
Children under the age of 5 can be curious — an attribute that makes them eager learners. However, that curiosity can cause little ones to be impulsive and reactive. Practising patience and kindness is a must-have skill for early childcare educators.
Understanding that children do not always behave appropriately is part of being patient and kind. The best early childcare educators know it’s their responsibility to offer guidance to young learners and eagerly meet the challenge.
Organised and structured
Young children thrive on routine. They need to know what to expect next to flourish and grow. Organised and structured early childcare educators lead well-run classrooms and can handle any situation that arises.
Choosing the best early childhood educators
Creative Childcare provides families with access to the best early childhood educators. Our staff members are trained in child-led and open-ended play opportunities designed to build confidence and independence.
Children who leave our daycare are well prepared for future success.
today to book a tour of any of our locations to see our early childhood educators in action.