Child Care Industry News
February 21, 2017
Welcome, this week an article on the importance of educator self care by our contributor Victoria Gibbs from Carers Connection and a bespoke resource for the early childhood sector on building belonging.
Filling your emotional cup: The case for educator self-care
Early childhood educators have a lot of tasks and expectations to focus on throughout the day (understatement of the century). Not only do they need to be constantly aware of the needs of the children at their centre, which include anything from their emotional needs, play, learning, toileting, or behaviour management, educators also have the added pressure of constant paper work, adhering to health and safety procedures, programming, relating to colleagues, managing expectations of parents, assessment and rating, and the list goes on.

Ashleigh, an ECT from Goodstart Early Learning, says "As a teacher, our minds are always thinking about 'What will we be doing tomorrow? What activity could I do to extend the child's learning?' It is important that educators understand when to stop thinking about work". Like many educators, Ashleigh can certainly relate to how hard it can be to truly 'switch off' at the end of the day.
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Resource Reminder: Building Belonging Toolkit
Late in 2016 the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released the 'Building Belonging' toolkit for early childhood education and care providers.

In the hurly burly of the end of the year we worried news of the release of this free resource might be lost, so we thought a reminder might be helpful as we face the start of a new calendar year.

Building Belonging is a comprehensive toolkit of early education resources, which includes:

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