In our new webinar series ‘Future Tracks Conversations’, our program manager Sally Trudgen chats to Hannah Barber about why these relationships are important, and some ideas on how teachers and educators can build and grow these relationships to benefit children. Hannah is an early childhood teacher who is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, and a friend of Future Tracks.
If you are an early childhood teacher or educator, watch our full Conversations webinar to hear Hannah’s tips and advice on some easy things you can do to start to build these important relationships.
In our new webinar, program manager Anita Weber chats to early childhood education experts Catherine Hamm (of La Trobe University) and Danielle Cogley (of Box Hill North Kindergarten) for a discussion on how teachers and educators have maintained key relationships with parents, carers, and children, in the face of challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Some tips for early childhood teachers and educators from our experts:
It's the small moments
Getting to know the different circumstances and context of each child and family is key to enhancing connection.
If Teachers and Educators can develop strategies that consider where children are now, they will be able to more easily engage with parents, carers, and children for the future.
Teachers and educators should make sure families feel confident to undertake activities and challenges at home with their children.
A good way to ensure children are still connected and learning in COVID-19 is to encourage this to continue at home, and by coming up with activities that are simple, easy, accessible, and fun!
Understanding individual context
A big part of maintaining and enhancing connections with children and families is to make sure that parents and carers feel confident in the learning.
Whether it be going for a walk, or having 5 minutes quiet-time to engage in a story, it is important that families appreciate the little things when it comes to their child's learning.
The best way to find out what it's really like to teach young children is to hear from somebody who does it every day! We partnered with Punkee to get answers to some curly questions, and to find out more about careers in early childhood education.
Watch this video on Punkee's Facebook page.