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Community Child Care Association’s blog for early childhood educators

Muslim female mentoring her female colleague, pointing towards an open laptop

Question: I’m the educational leader, but am struggling to mentor and support our educators because they just see me as ‘checking up on them’ and get defensive.

Answer: Set yourself up for success by setting long term goals

The role of educational leader can be tricky. Being assigned the role is no guarantee that you’ll feel empowered,…

Young, school-aged children lining up behind one another

Question: Is it wrong to ask children to line up? Some educators say there’s no need for children to wait in line before meals, outdoor play or on excursions, while others feel it’s important for safety and school readiness…

Answer: It’s not wrong or right, but it’s also not necessary

I’ve observed many programs where children are left waiting in lines for other children to join them. Is this what’s…

A child's bare feet standing on the top of an adult's bare feet

Question: Should educators go shoe-free in our babies room?

Answer: Explore the idea with your team

This is a question that I often reflected on during my time as a centre director and – to be honest I never quite…

Newborn baby asleep in a cot with a caregiver's hand resting gently on the baby's torso

Question: How should we go about caring for babies whose parents request that they are left to cry in the cot without comfort (cry it out) or similar sleep training methods for sleep times?

Answer: Work in partnership with the family

Spend some time showing the family the sleep space and routine. You may need to explain the limitations of sleeping…

Woman working at a desk, holding her phone, her laptop is open, and working alongside her other team members

Question: How can we ensure our QIP is a living document, which allows all educators to regularly contribute and stay up to date with our overall goals?

Answer: Switch up your approach

Focus less on people working directly with the document and more on how they engage with the process.


Woman with eyes closed, contemplating her next move

Question: What can I do to support a very tired team? I’ve only just taken up the educational leader role and it’s going to be an uphill climb for everyone as morale is extremely low.

Answer: Focus on meaningful relationships

During these tricky times, support for your team is crucial, and the best way to do this is by building meaningful…

Angry, overwhelmed child sitting at a table, massaging his temples

Question: Help! The children in my 2–3s room don’t listen to me. How can I be firmer with them?

Answer: Promote a calmer environment and reflect on the needs behind children’s behaviour

We hear you! Whilst 2 to 3-year-olds are a delightful and exuberant age group, we can often feel like their…

Cute little child drinking milk

Question: Are progressive meal times a good idea? How do we know if it’s right for our service?

Answer: Start small to see if it works for you

Whatever your service type, progressive meals are a wonderful way for children to have more choice and freedom in…