10 Oct Key Characteristics of a Quality Early Childhood Educator
A qualification in Early Childhood gives educators the necessary skills and knowledge to help children grow. However, to be a quality educator, you need to have a lot more than just a qualification. Here are just some of the key characteristics you would typically find in a high quality educator:
Creativity – Creativity is more than just arts and crafts. A successful educator will use creativity to make every day a positive one for them and the children. Creativity can be in the way the educator thinks, acts and demonstrates. Some creative experiences can include dramatic play, building a space ship or even organising a dance routine- the possibilities are endless, a good educator knows that there is so much more!
Patience – Working with children can be quite challenging- one moment you could be talking with parents while settling crying children, another moment you may be juggling several other tasks at one time. Having effective time management can you assist you in this area but children are spontaneous and unpredictable. You will find not everything goes as to plan every single day, but keeping yourself balanced is the key to success.
Respect for diversities – Every child will have a unique personality and learning style. To educate each child efficiently, educators must respect these differences and work with each child, rather than conforming them to something they’re not. It is common for most centres to be multicultural with many ethnicities, cultures, traditions and beliefs represented. These differences should be welcomed and embraced to create an open and exciting learning environment.
Good communication skills – Educators need effective skills for working and communicating with all stakeholders (children, family, community services etc.) When communicating to children, use techniques like getting down to their level, maintaining eye contact, speaking in a clear and positive tone and demonstrating appropriate body language. When speaking with parents, you will need to demonstrate a positive disposition and discuss certain aspects of the child- you may cover topics such as; the child’s needs skills, problems and achievements. The more effectively the educator can communicate to all involved — both orally and in writing, the more rewarding and positive his/her job will be.