As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe that all children deserve to be in a safe, healthy, and encouraging environment where their growth and development can be supported. It is important to me to recognize children as capable, competent learners and to remember that they always come first in every aspect of my practice.

I strongly believe that curriculum and early learning programs should reflect principles and practices that allow children to explore their individual interests and desires. As an educator, it is my responsibility to help facilitate and encourage exploration through play based, emergent learning. Children learn best when they play and when they are given the opportunity to decide the parameters of their play experiences.

Throughout my career as an educator, I have been amazed and awed at the curiosity of children. I have observed children whose interests range from objects found in the classroom to scenes of nature that capture and mesmerize them. I am constantly motivated to engage children in play experiences that will expand their curiosity by embedding their interests into the daily curriculum as well as into their home lives.

I believe that children who are given the freedom to express their imagination and creativity will excel socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. It is my goal as an educator to embed nature and natural play into every aspect of my practice. I believe that children should be connected to nature and should have access to play materials and experiences that reflect the real environment in which we live. Toys and learning materials should expose children to real life experiences.

Outdoor play is essential to the health and well-being of every child and I believe it is crucial for all children to engage with natural materials in an organic way and on a consistent basis. Nurturing children’s relationships with the world is an important aspect of their education, just as nurturing their relationships with other children as well as adults.

In my opinion, children’s development is best supported through a comprehensive, responsive, and inclusive program. In all of my experiences, I have modeled the philosophies of Lev Vygotsky. I teach children at their individual levels and support them through scaffolding as they develop new skills. I believe educators can best support children’s development by building on their skills and allowing them to determine the pace at which they learn.

In my experience, children are best supported socially when they are encouraged to create positive relationships with peers and adults. As Vygotsky believed, social interaction plays a fundamental role in children’s cognitive development. Children learn by playing with others, by engaging and communicating with others, and by observing the practices of the adults in their lives. As an educator, it is important to me to model healthy relationships in order to encourage children’s social interactions.

Children should always be considered in the context of their family and culture. By building positive relationships with a child and their family, I can better understand the unique, individual differences and can better adapt my practice toward inclusivity. Engaging with families on a professional as well as a personal level is integral to building relationships.

Families are a child’s first teachers and it is important to me to work with families in order to provide the best possible care for children in a way that allows consistency throughout all areas of their lives. As an Early Childhood Educator, I am constantly learning through new research and information, but also from the experiences of families. Constant communication and mutual respect are the foundation for positive relationships.

I intend on entering into my profession as a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the intent of working collaboratively with families, other educators, and children to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to all children and their families.
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