Posts Tagged ‘Childcare’

What Animal Are You?


Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I recently attended a group interview to work in a nursery setting, and one of the questions they asked was “Which animal would you be, and why?”

How random, and deeply psychological! How to answer in an intelligent way, which didn’t come across as being too much of a stick in the mud? It was a child care environment after all, but I didn’t want to come across as a drunken Care Bear!

James and Moore (2010:173) describe the animal a person likes as a pet as a “miniature version of their heart”. Cat lovers are proud and haughty, fun but not someone to go to in a time of need. Dog lovers are practical and responsible, due to dogs being even more high maintenance than kids. However, they can be a bit of a control-freak, and also somewhat needy.

Simple, yet possibly devastating to your first impression. The first guy said he wanted to be a pig, because he likes to eat a lot! Continue reading

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Little Bunny Foo Foo!

It’s Easter, and every nursery is busy with Easter stories, activities and decorations!

Personally, I’ve always thought of Easter as a big marketing scheme by Cadbury to sell chocolate eggs. But did you know that the eggs (and even the rabbits) actually DO hold some significance to Easter?

Anyway, here’s a catchy song that’s been stuck in my head recently. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched it till the very end just to find out what a goon is…

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Dressing Up For Nursery

Ever felt really silly or out of place? Working with kids, I get that silly feeling all the time! Like when I’m letting the girls ‘do my hair’, or helping the boys on with their dresses because they’d like to be princesses.

However, yesterday was a whole new level of silly for me! Continue reading

3 Mistakes I’ve Made When Talking To Parents

I’m very eager to write up my recent thoughts on how a child got lost during a nursery outing, as well as some really interesting theories of child development. However, life’s been hectic as usual, and I don’t even get a Chinese New Year holiday!

So much for equal rights.

Anyway, until I make time for those, have a look at my guest post on Deborah’s blog over at Teach Preschool. It’s called 3 Mistakes I’ve Made When Talking To Parents, and as the title suggests, it’s about some of the most common mistakes a newbie to the Early Years scene might make.

The picture’s are a bit misaligned, but Deborah blames it on the blog host. 🙂

About Deborah

Does she look over 20?

Deborah‘s been a professional in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years, and her experience includes being a teacher, director, curriculum writer, music director, and consultant for staff training and professional development.

She’s got over 3 thousand fans on Facebook (slightly more than me), and has a really great and active blog at Teach Preschool.

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Is The Early Childhood Profession For You?

Featuring Shara Lawrence-Weiss, founder of Personal Child Stories and Mommy Perks. Shara has a background in education, early childhood, freelance, special needs, nanny work and marketing. She resides in Northern Arizona with her husband and three children.

Did you answer NO to most of the questions below? If so, you should probably walk away, my friend.

Many people, of all ages, wonder if the early childhood profession is for them. Oftentimes (yes, really) they assume that childcare/preschool is:

• Easy
• Brainless
• Mindless
• Simple
• Fun
• No skills required
• Easy way to make money
• Anyone can do it
• As long as the kid is alive at the end of the day, it’s all good

My 20+ years working with children has taught me the following:

• It’s hard
• It’s rough
• It’s amazing
• It’s a blast
• It’s exhausting
• It’s exhilarating
• It’s a blessing Continue reading

Communicating With Your Baby: Baby Signs

The world’s leading sign language program for hearing babies

Article by Jamie Solomon, Director of Baby Signs Malaysia and Certified Instructor of the Baby Signs(R) Program

for BabyBook (reprinted here with permission from Jamie Solomon)

Your baby’s crying and you don’t know why. She’s pointing to something and you don’t know what. You take her for a stroll in the mall, she’s looking excitedly around and you wonder what goes on in her mind. At times, you catch her trying to communicate with you through her body gestures but you can’t seem to figure it out.

You start to teach her to wave ‘bye-bye’, soon she catches on. You sing to her your favorite Children Songs and soon she mimics your actions. It’s all wonderful and cute, but “Parents, don’t just stop there”. Read on to find out how you can harness the ability in your child to communicate with you through sign language.

Get A Peek Into Your Baby’s Fast-Growing And Exciting World Continue reading

BabyBook: The Pregnancy And Baby Care Guide

Having a baby is easily one of the important milestones in a couple’s life. It’s also one of the most challenging! There are so many things you need to know (or rather, worry about): salt content in food, choking hazards, SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME!

How are new parents supposed to know about these things?

  • Your parents? They may have done a superb job raising you, but let’s face it, where did they get their knowledge from? Their OWN parents, 60 years ago?
  • The internet? I love Google too, but are you really going to put the most important period of your little one’s life in Google’s hands?
  • Your friends? How reliable is their knowledge? You’re not really going to raise your pride and joy based on what your friend heard from her sister’s neighbour’s aunt’s brother’s colleague are you?

Wouldn’t it be great if someone already collected all the information you need to know, and put it in a nice little convenient book? Well, since I’m writing this, obviously someone already did!

What book? Continue reading