Have you ever been to a professional development session where someone presents an amazing early childhood centre? A centre that has exactly what they need and the space that can be designed exactly how they want it. With well-behaved children, calm educators and incredible resources that are used appropriately and stored neatly.
Looking at these centres can be so inspiring. Their play spaces are carefully created to maximise learning and opportunities to explore. They make you start to think of your own ideas and want to do better at your own centre.
However, after one of these sessions, have you then looked back on it and realised that type of centre is so unrealistic? That you’ll never be able to create such an amazing learning environment in your own centre due to lack of funding, appropriate space, difficult child behaviours, and all the other reasons we deal with on a daily basis?
How do you feel after that?
Or do you feel let down by the system?
How can we possibly hold on to the passion of teaching for early childhood when we are faced with so many problems every day and not provided with the resources or support that we need to overcome these challenges?
I’ll tell you how.
We do not live in a perfect world.
We need to remember that. We may be the ones who want to change that by educating the world’s future leaders, but we are not going to be able to change it overnight.
The world is not perfect.
Our centres are not perfect.
We are not perfect.
And do you know what?
That is okay.
If you can relate to anything that was said above then this site is for you. It is filled with musings of different challenges and how I was able to overcome them. You will also find things that I have found inspiring on a realistic level and a range of resources you can use at your setting.
We are going to change the world.
Let’s do it one step at a time.