I believe that each child is a unique gift and a person who is to be treated with respect, empathy, and dignity. My role as an Educator is to get to know the individual child and nurture the ‘whole’ person. I believe in a holistic approach when educating children. Everything matters and is of equal importance.
Children are capable of expressing themselves through many ways of learning including literacy, and the creative arts. One of my passions in early childhood education is literacy and teaching children a love for books. A great start in life for every child is being surrounded by language, enjoying the art of storytelling, and forming a meaningful bond with their educators.
Children have their own sense of agency and are able to make their own decisions based on their interests. I believe in teaching children to be independent in self-care and believing in themselves and their own capabilities.
Play based learning is the learning of life for a child and should be the essence of the curriculum. My favourite early childhood philosopher is Vygotsky, who believed in not limiting a child to their developmental stage but extending their learning through scaffolding. Children learn best within a community of their peers. Although, having stated that, I have learnt in recent years that combining aged care with early childhood could be beneficial for both groups. The research on a physical and psychological standpoint is promising. The children make gains on all development levels in these unique environments.
Lastly, I love what I do, so from this, I believe only great things can happen.