Children are curious beings, consistently trying to make sense about the world around them. Hence, we strongly believe in play experiences where children are free to explore, discover and construct new theories. Through such experiences, children become actively engaged and such experiences not only allow room for social interaction, but more importantly, it becomes meaningful for them.
Our role as educators is to be co-constructors of knowledge with children. We believe in working in partnership with children where learning experiences are derived from children’s’ interests and tailored to individual needs. As children have varied learning styles and personalities / temperaments, we believe on extending children’s current understandings and knowledge by providing them with vast opportunities to explore and discover independently. Meanwhile, it is also our responsibility to ensure that sufficient support and guidance are given to them during their learning journey.
As Early Childhood educators, we should show respect to children by creating a safe and conducive classroom where they can explore and discover as they learn. In our opinion, the learning environment should be the third teacher where it should be designed in a manner that provides provocations and choices for children.
In this aspect, we strongly believe in creating a stress free environment for children where various learning and interest areas are set up and maintained in order to build on children’s development and strengths. At the same time, it is also our duty to consistently instill hygiene practices in the classroom via learning experiences or routine care. Through a safe and clean play-based environment, children will be able to nourish their senses and exercise their developmental skills as they grow.
As Early Childhood educators, we see the importance of forming relationships based on trust and respect with parents too. We have to respect and understand their culture and child rearing practices and work collaboratively together for the success of their child. With 2 way communication, the gaps between home and school will be covered and this ensures the consistency and continuity of practices.
To conclude, we believe that it is essential to build positive relationships with all stakeholders. Apart from that, as practitioners are influential figures in the classroom, it is necessary for us to be positive role models for children. For the best interest of the child, we believe that we should constantly reflect and improve on classroom practices and approaches.