I am concerned about educators, children, and families. I am concerned about educator burnout. I am concerned about children not getting the education and care they deserve. I am concerned that families are not finding suitable care and education for their child. I am concerned that our sector is in crisis and the human cost is huge. I am CONCERNED.
What is happening? Why are so many educators struggling? Every day I hear about educators struggling with the workload, the children, the hours, the ratios and so much more. Digging deeper, some of the biggest issues are:
There is absolutely no doubt that everyone has been negatively affected by the current pandemic. The uncertainty, the changes, the lack of control, the fear, the restrictions, the negative news, and the fact that this has been constant over the past 2 years has ground everyone down. In addition, many parts of Australia then had catastrophic flooding with many ECEC services severely affected. How do you pick yourself up with a smile again, and again, and again? The sector was already struggling and have had to manage the additional challenges. We can see why this is a profession in crisis.
Some solutions are immediate short-term solutions, what we need are solutions that are long term, solutions that become embedded in ECEC culture and practice. We need solutions that initially nurture and support while building knowledge, expertise and most important, resilience, in educators and children. Increasing resilience will enable all to cope, manage, accept, and even thrive with challenges.
Back to basics.
Services have a duty of care towards their educators as well as the children. If the level of expected documentation is causing or contributing to feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and depressed, it is time for change, time for looking at other ways of working to reduce pressure while maintaining high quality. If children’s behaviours are challenging educators, it is time to explore why children are displaying such behaviours and ways of supporting the children and the educators to ensure best outcomes for both. It is time for critical reflection.
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Niki Buchan offers a range of professional learning opportunities including face to face, live online and recorded webinars and E-courses on a range of relevant subjects
‘Australian Learning Tracks’ documentation framework is a simple, practical, meaningful way of documenting and programming that is proven, popular and beneficial to educators, children, and families. Available as an E-course for individuals and groups on a price sliding scale as well as an in-person course presented by Niki in your setting.
‘Behaviours that Challenge Educators’ is available as an E-course, individual recorded webinars or as an in-person course presented by Niki in your setting.