Tag Archives: Relationships

Turning tantrums into healthy learning

One of the biggest issues early childhood educators face today is the increasing complexity experienced by families coming into the centres, with young children expressing ‘big’ behaviours. It’s often beyond the scope of what most early childhood educators were prepared for in their training. Before starting primary school teaching, I completed a psychology degree and […]

Empowering children through empowering choices

One of the most painful life lessons we learn as we grow is that while we are free to choose our actions, we are not free from the consequences of them. How can early childhood professionals foster environments where children are encouraged and supported to make meaningful and significant choices and be agents for real […]

It’s not all about relationships — or is it?

Many discussions about quality in education and care services include at some point—often as a summary statement—the assertion that ‘in the end, it’s all about relationships’. This is likely to occur whether the topic is pedagogy, leadership, community connections, staff relationships, links with other services and professionals or family partnerships. Is this ‘throw-away line’ accurate? […]

What are they thinking?

I often pass a new building on my daily walk. On several occasions I’ve seen workers painting over tags that have appeared overnight on a formerly pristine white wall. Recently, in response to a painter’s nod, I commented ‘That’s almost a fulltime job’. He replied with considerable feeling: ‘I’ve got no time for the mongrels. […]

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