Are you preparing for your first job in childcare? Are you a new preschool or pre-K teacher leading a classroom of students for the first time?
We want to help make your first weeks in your new classroom exciting, fun, and less overwhelming by sharing several early childhood education best practices that you can implement into your daily lessons. We’re also sharing tried and true advice from the educators in our U-GRO classrooms who keep our learning centers running everyday.
Your childcare center or preschool program will have a routine in place for each of its classrooms that will serve as a guide during your first few weeks on the job. As you get comfortable in your classroom, you can add your own touches to the established routine.
You’ll soon realize that not all preschool or pre-K students are the same. During the early days in your new classroom, take some time to talk one-on-one with each of your students and get to know them.
It makes each child feel special, but it also gives you an idea of how you can structure your teaching to reach each student.
Put your powers of observation to work.
All of these observations can be used to help make your classroom activities run more smoothly.
If this is your first job in childcare, you might feel like you need to know all the answers. But exploring new topics and new activities along with your students allows you to be a learner, too.
Allowing students to show-off their areas of expertise and share their opinions helps to develop self-confidence and build self-esteem.
With an audience as unpredictable as children, no single day will go exactly as planned. Mistakes will happen, messes will be made, and tantrums will be thrown.
We wanted to let our U-GRO team share their words of wisdom to those who are starting their first job in childcare. These ladies have been there and done that!
Leah, toddler room teacher at U-GRO Hershey:
“My advice for first-year teachers is don’t be afraid to ask questions, speak up and share your expertise! Everyday is a new day. Even every afternoon is a fresh start, so don’t let things carry over. Have fun everyday!”
Krista, K-readiness teacher at U-GRO Hempfield:
“My advice for new teachers is to give yourself ample time to adapt to the program. It may seem daunting at first, but in time, it will become easier and automatic. There is a lot of information to take in at first, but after a few months, it will become second nature. Just stick with it!
My advice for handling the everyday is to just step back and put things in perspective. If something is overwhelming, then break it into more manageable chunks. Celebrate each chunk that is accomplished. If something is really overwhelming then ask for help or look to find a different way to accomplish the task.”
Krystle, pre-K teacher at U-GRO York:
“My biggest piece of advice is to stay positive. When you present a positive attitude, your children will feed off that. Likewise, if you get frustrated, so will they. You are a mirror for each and every body you are in charge of, so model the way you want them to behave. Model the way you want them to make choices. Show them how to handle conflict by being flexible when faced with a problem. Talk it out! Take a few deep breaths, throw out the negative thoughts, and move on to a positive solution.”
If you’re interested in starting your first job in childcare at a U-GRO Learning Centre, explore our Career page and find out how you can join our team!
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