An Effective Early Childhood Educator

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An effective early childhood educator knows and understands the principles, practices, outcomes and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)'Being Belonging and Becoming', and strives to establish effective teachings to children between birth to eight years old, the most important time in brain development for young children. This paper centers around the EYLF and current research that argues, teachers need to create suitable environments to implement the curriculum in accordance to their student population and incorporating productive planning. This planning focuses on children learning through play and encourages building strong relationships and self esteem were families and cultures are respected and involved through appropriate practices of collaboration. This forms the basis of an effective Early Childhood teacher. Bagdi, A., and Vacca, J. (2005) views early childhood as 'The period of early childhood sets the stage for how well children view themselves each other and their world'.(Bagdi & Vacca, 2005, pp145).

The EYLF was formed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to assists educators in quality teaching throughout Australia. This frameworks emphasis on play based learning which develops young children's social, emotional, literacy and numeracy skills. Teachers work in partnerships with influential family members to create the COAG's vision, 'All children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves'.(Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009, pp5).It is the responsibility of the early childhood teacher to interpret their states curriculum, and meet the set EYLF guidelines towards standards, practices and systems to apply teaching methods that are effective in the classroom environment and facilitating the EYLF characteristics in developing children's sense of 'Belonging Being and Becoming'.

To meet the COAG overall outcome, of maintaining high teaching standards, so all young Australian's can become successful learners, confident and creative individuals that contribute actively within society.(Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009, pp5-9). A quality teacher evaluates their curricular by gathering evidence through analysis and observation teachers record the child's experience by using reflective practices, Did these experience work for the children? Did I allow a chance for the children to extend on play? Was the activity appropriate to the children's cultural backgrounds? How can families become involved in the activity? Has the child gained a sense of identity, built confidence, developed relationships? Was the experience too challenging or not challenging enough? Did the child receive the desired outcome,if not why? How can future experiences develop the child or plan for future experiences to develop the child's learning? Also by allowing the child the chance to reflect on their leaning can become a powerful tool in creating meaningful experiences.(Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009, pp17).

Effective teaching sets the curriculum around the student population within the classroom providing structured rich learning activities directed at the child's level, stage and skills, while incorporating their interests and ideas. The EYLF is based on learning through play which is fundamental to children's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development were they can engage in learning in a fun environment. It is the teachers responsibility to observe and listen to gain a deeper understanding that will in turn assist in developing high quality experiences for the child.(Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the Council of Australian Governments, 2009, pp9,15) Also a...
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