No two children are exactly the same, and neither are any two early childhood educators. Each offers their own unique teaching style & philosophy – and what might be one’s strength could be another one’s weakness.
Written by Lorrie Holmes
We decided to start off the New Year with a story about how it is our wish that everyone who works in this industry has found a place where they can reach their full potential and fill their hearts with happiness – much in keeping with the way we want all the children to feel when they are growing and developing in our care. Of course, the more fulfilled our educators are, the more they have to give to our children and what could be more ideal than that?
Speaking directly to fellow early childhood educators, when you first began your career or completed your studies, you most likely entered this field with a lot of passion and purpose. Most people who choose this line of work do so because they want to play a role in contributing to the first stages of development in young children while guiding and caring for them. We really are that bridge from home to society and it’s such a fun and exciting role to play. What comes with this is a huge responsibility to be our best selves. That’s why I believe that anyone who works in this field needs to find an environment where they fit in and can do their job being themselves and not trying to fit into another’s philosophy. Thankfully there are so many options out there to choose from. From early academics to play based to creative arts and nature based programs – so many different programs exist and as such, there is room for everyone to find that perfect place that best suits their ways of doing things .
In addition to your working environment, in order to thrive in this field, you also need to find that perfect role – even if it’s something you are working towards. What part of yourself do you want to grow towards? Do you want to teach the children through early academics or through play? These are two very different approaches which require two very different personalities and possibly skill sets as well. Are you more comfortable spending a great part of your day outdoors – there are also a lot of programs that offer this. Maybe you have a passion for the arts or science. When we draw from our skills, talents and experience, we are bringing that extra something to the job by drawing from deeper within ourselves. The trick then is to find a placement where your passions can be used. Luckily, many of these opportunities do exist, you just might need to spend a little more time on your job placement as opposed to trying to make more out of a job or a centre that isn’t structured that way.
One very exciting thing about working in Early Childhood Education is that in addition to working as a head or co-teacher or support staff, there are so many types of jobs in the field that might better suit someone’s personality and we are so excited to have created a hub where we can help bring out all these special qualities in our candidates with such an in depth profile to help them find that perfect placement.Nika Gabrielle, Founder of Educator Connect
This list is by no means exhaustive but these are some of the job titles you can find in the Early Childhood Education industry. We will be doing a series on breaking down each of these positions and what they all entail in the near future.
- Education Coordinator
- Lead Teacher
- Support Teachers
- Specialty Teachers
- Education Assistants
- Support Workers
- Substitute Teachers and Education Assistants
How It Works
Whether you’re an early childhood educator looking for a career opportunity or you are searching for that perfect staff for your centre, Educator Connect offers services for both. How we differ from other hubs is that we are not just wanting to help you fill a job, we are wanting to help you reach your full potential. To get started, you can create your very own profile. This is where you can shine and highlight your unique marketing advantage – which is you. There are no two you’s out there, so find that opportunity that YOU are searching for. Your dream job or employee awaits and we are so happy to help you with that search!
UNIQUE FEATURES INCLUDE
MORE FEATURES TO BE ADDED SOON!
Profile Picture, Intro Video, Questionnaires to help you highlight why you are the perfect choice for placements in your dream jobs, sponsorships or practicums. Sub Hub to find daily updates on subbing opportunities in your area.
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By Creating Your Own Account
Our new Early Childhood Hub offers so much more than a job bank. We offer a connection for everyone in this field to so many resources: from our Sub Hub to Professional Development training to How To resources & events. Everything we are focusing on is done with the intent to provide industry professionals access to all the support that they can possible need to be at the top of their field – and loving it!Nika Gabrielle