Not everybody is cut out for childcare. We don’t mean to make it sound like ours is the hardest job out there… but it is pretty darn challenging!
Before you enrol in Certificate 3 in childcare, ask yourself whether you’re cut out for this type of work. It takes a specific set of qualities and traits to succeed as an early childhood educator – are you up for the task?
Take our quiz and find out!
Question 1 – What do you do if you see two toddlers arguing?
- Put it on YouTube!
- Ask the children to explain what’s going on
- Keep an eye on them and don’t step in unless blows are exchanged
- Break things up immediately
Answer: B or C
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is stand back and let things resolve themselves.
We know, it goes against your intuition. But while your gut might be screaming at you to intervene directly, oftentimes the optimum outcome is to let the kids sort things out on their own, with you only guiding them towards a resolution.
This encourages them to exercise their conflict resolution skills. While you can help them along, taking over the entire process denies children a valuable learning opportunity.
Of course, the moment it becomes physical you need to step in – your purpose is to create a positive and safe environment, and this duty overrides everything else!
For a more in-depth dive into how to successfully resolve toddler confrontations, click here.
Question 2 – What’s the best cure for a tantrum?
- Sit down and talk it through
- Letting them tire out
- A stern talking to
As your kids’ parents-away-from-home, childhood educators are arguably the second-most important figures of authority in a child’s world.
Of course, being an authority figure doesn’t mean becoming an autocrat!
Childcare workers are in a unique position as confidants. While they might net you a couple minutes of quiet, options C and D could also teach children to view you with distrust or unease.
More importantly however, tantrums don’t just happen for no reason; most are the result of some hidden need, emotion, or anxiousness the child simply isn’t capable of expressing just yet.
While some people believe the authoritative solutions of answers C or D to be more efficient, we believe talking through the problem is the best response.
Not only is it more effective than punishment, but it can also help you understand what the tantrum-thrower needs.
Question 3 – True or false: communicating with parents is just as important as communicating with children?
While you’ll be working mostly with children, be sure to brush up on your communication skills with fellow adults!
Adults on the other hand are often completely overlooked by students – that is, until they’re placed in a real-life environment where parents are dropping off their kids!
Parents are an important party, and one that needs to be kept in-the-loop at all times – you’re responsible for their children, after all!
Learn how you can help parents and guardians feel more comfortable with leaving their kids in your care.
Question 4 – Do you have a sense of humour and an upbeat, positive attitude?
People love smiles – in fact, some studies suggest that smiling is one of the best ways to leave a positive first impression.
And kids love them even more than adults!
A sense of humour can go a long way towards helping you maintain your positive attitude at work – a smile can also help you build and maintain great relationships in the childcare environment.
Compared to getting upset when a child accidentally gets paint on their face, a shared giggle helps the child feel comfortable with themselves instead of bringing attention to their mistake.
Question 5 – Do you have the right childcare qualifications?
Study Certificate 3 in childcare with Southern Solutions!
Of course, you can’t get started as a childhood educator without the requisite qualifications first!
As a childhood educator, you’ll need to be:
- A negotiator
- Extremely patient
- Empathetic and a great listener
- A good communicator
- In good shape – and with a lot of stamina!
- Good judgement – do you intervene, respond to emergencies or take a back seat?
These skills come naturally to some. Fortunately, they can also be taught!
When you enrol with Southern Solutions, we do more than just teach. We develop these essential traits and nurture your passion and dedication for young lives – the two most important qualities of any childcare professional!
Why choose Southern Solutions?
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