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Early Childhood Educators do More Than Educate

Posted On Mar 18, 2021

If you enjoy working with children and are looking for a meaningful job that does more than just paying the bills, then a career in early childhood education is definitely worth exploring. An early childhood educator may sound like just an ordinary job title, but in reality, it’s so much more. Early childhood educators play a crucial role in setting children up for a successful future by laying the foundation for development and learning.

Early childhood educators are essential workers in more ways than many people realize.

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They’re Experts in Child Development

Early childhood educators are known to specialize in working with children from infants up to about the age of six. They are pros at accessing, observing, and documenting child development. Early childhood educators can also detect developmental delays as well as any cognitive, social, and emotional issues in children and work with them to improve, as well as provide community resources for parents if needed. An ECE knows how to focus on the child’s strengths and adapt their teaching methods to help them learn best.

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They Teach Children How to Properly Socialize with Others

While it’s important for a child to have close relationships with their family members, it’s also necessary for them to know how to socialize with people outside of their home. Proper socialization skills are a necessary part of a child’s growth and learning. An ECE knows how to create a welcoming environment for kids to feel comfortable.

They Reinforce the Importance of Play

The importance of play is often overlooked. There’s a common misconception that if a child is playing, then they aren’t learning, but that’s not the case. Children engaging in healthy play-based learning activities are learning important life skills like how to function as a contributing member of a team. Play can be an excellent opportunity to teach children how to share and take turns.

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They Know How to Boost a Child’s Self Esteem

Few things in life are more important than building up a child’s self-esteem and confidence in themselves and their abilities. An early childhood educator creates a safe classroom environment that supports the development of a positive self-image in children.

They Promote Self-Help Skills

Self-help skills such as eating and dressing are taught at an early age and are important for children to develop. Early childhood educators encourage children to do things themselves, which fosters independence and a sense of accomplishment. At the same time, an ECE is always there to offer support and guidance when needed. 

They Inspire a Love for Learning

Children learn best when lessons are presented in a fun and active way to encourage them to become more effective learners. Early childhood educators help inspire and instill a lifelong love for learning that will stay with young children well into their adult years.

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Early childhood educators do so much more than teach basic skills to a room full of toddlers. They play a significant role in the development and future success of our nation’s children. Let’s face it, children are the future, so what better way to make an impact than to be one of the first positive influences in the life of a child?

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If you’re wondering what the path to becoming a preschool teacher looks like, contact Athena Career Academy to learn more about this exciting and fulfilling early childhood education career. We offer flexible class schedules and an accredited program that will set you up for success. Let’s talk today

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