Question: I’m finding it hard to engage some educators in the programming and planning cycle, especially those who work part-time or casually. Any tips?
Involve all educators from the start, and support, assist and mentor them along the way.
Follow these tips to help get everyone engaged:
1. Foster a sense of belonging.
Ask all educators how they would like to contribute to the programming and planning process, and involve them in the design and implementation of this process. Reinforce that their ideas, voice and opinions are valued.
2. Communicate the importance and benefits of programming and planning.
Educators need to understand how program planning can be used to improve outcomes for children. This awareness can help to increase their buy-in and engagement in the planning cycle.
3. Provide clear guidelines and expectations.
Like with any person and task, educators need to understand what is expected of them in the planning cycle to be able to
4. Provide feedback and recognition.
Support educators throughout the implementation of program plans. This can help them understand how to improve their practice and feel more engaged in the planning process next time.
5. Make it visible.
Map your planning tasks and timelines in an area that all educators have access to. You might ask individuals to write their names against tasks. This will
help keep everyone on track.
Consultant, Community Child Care Association
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