Educators are feeling time poor

Educators are feeling time poor, overworked and stressed.  This is the finding of repeated studies in Australia and overseas. Workload intensification is motivating many educators to make a career change or take early retirement. A Monash University study claimed even early career educators are at risk of burnout. Headlines in various media sources have described the current state […]

Bringing mindfulness to life at school

‘Mindfulness’ as a concept and a practice has rapidly entered the zeitgeist, helping to define the spirit and ideas of our times, including in education. Not much more than a decade ago a Google search for mindfulness and education would show the Garrison Institute Initiative for Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the top of the […]

The mindful educator

‘Just by becoming aware of what is occurring within and around us, we can begin to untangle ourselves from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions’ (Siegel, Germer & Olendzki, 2009). The practice of being ‘mindful’ is a 2500-year-old Buddhist tradition that calls for one to be aware and present in the way that one experiences and […]

What every child needs for learning self-regulation

This article first appeared on KidsMatter Early Childhood’s Shared Thinking blog on 30 June 2014. It was first shared on The Spoke in 2018 and was updated in July 2020.  What self-regulation is … and isn’t Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the […]

8 ways to take care of yourself

The early childhood care and education sector has a workforce that often places the welfare and needs of others above their own. Because of this, in the face of ever competing demands and responsibilities, we, as educators, do not pay due diligence to our own wellbeing. Educators often overlook their own physical, mental and emotional […]

Exploring and connecting with nature

Educators at Goodstart Red Hill had long admired forest kindergartens from afar, never really considering how that might look in an Australian setting. Then they realised they had an amazing and diverse environment right on their doorstep. Skye Devereaux, Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Leader, writes how Goodstart Red Hill developed their Nature Space program. […]

7 things we can do to build professional resilience

Originally posted in 2015, this post was updated in August 2020.  Being an early childhood educator can be both rewarding and challenging. Above are just a few of the responsibilities early childhood educators have. Your wellbeing matters because, as an educator, it influences your interactions and relationships with children and young people. It also affects […]

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