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My class of older infants “graduates” in September and moves up to the toddler program.

What are some of your favorite end of the year ideas?

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I noticed that there’s a lot of Canadians and Americans on this sub. I’m Canadian and am curious about the differences between the differences.

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First time poster and I would love to get some advice. I'm struggling! Used to be a daycare worker, but was hired a few weeks ago at a "Preschool and Daycare" center as a 2/3s teacher, though I'm actually turning out to be a floater. It seems that this center is much more of a daycare than a preschool. There is curriculum posted outside of every classroom, but I have yet to see it being implemented or even encounter any learning moments in any of the classrooms. No circle time, group/small learning, etc. It's free play all day in every classroom (with things like dolls, costumes, coloring pages) and a lot of learning materials are left untouched on high shelves. Is this average in a "preschool"? I was really hoping to see more of an educational environment, but it seems like myself and the other teachers are more similar to a daycare staff. If it's not average, how do I identify a quality learning center without extensive observation beforehand? Or are my expectations a little too much? Thank you for any advice!!!

Edit: Just want to throw a quick thanks out there for the advice. It is so appreciated. Would love to hear more suggestions/statements as they come.

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I’ve been working in the 2 year old room for 3 months now. From the beginning I knew this age group wasn’t for me, but I decided to give it a month. After a month, I told my director how I felt, but she couldn’t move me so I just sucked it up.

Well I finally had enough and put in a 2 week notice. I only have one more week left, but I’m not sure I can do it. Sadly the kids don’t listen to us unless we yell and I don’t want to spend another week yelling. I want to tell my director I am done, but I would feel guilty. At the same time, I know they don’t need me since we have two floaters now. What should I do? What would you do?

(I don’t need the money so that part isn’t a problem)

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For those of you who are job searching, how do you handle letters of reference/recommendation?

I live in the US (MA) currently. Having written letters to hand is, however, not part of job searching in the UK. You'd certainly have referees who the school/employer could contact, but I would not be responsible for sending a letter to anyone. I managed to get my present ECE job without written references, as no one asked for them. I wasn't even asked for referee contact details.

But now I am looking to move on, and this has become a sticking point, especially as these letters are often a part of the application itself, and not something to be presented after an interview.

I suppose my question is: do you just collect letters from your director after so long (after, say, a year of good service)? Is it standard protocol to ask for letters to keep in a file somewhere even if you're not searching? I believe I would get a very good reference from my director and my co-teachers, but I don't want them to know I'm job searching right now. Would it be suspicious to ask for a letter? Wouldn't they just assume I was searching?

TIA for your help!

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Just finished my first week at daycare, and it is such a blast! I am in a 10-13 mo classroom now, and the kids really like to come up to you to be held and cuddled! I'm still trying to get a hang of playing with this age group while holding them. Having my hands occupied AND trying to play is a formula I have yet to get down 😂. Usually when I hold them, they like to watch other kids play, so I may give them toys while holding them or put them down to go back playing but they are disinterested and just want to be held. But I feel like I should be doing things with them as I hold them? It depends on the kid but I hold them 15-30 minutes at a time, in a semi-rotation.

1) What are ways to play with them while holding them, so I can give them some one on one attention in a good educational way?

2) One of the kids really likes to just come and sit on my lap facing away from me or sit with his head on my lap, head away from me again. It's great when I have a book in reach, because he actually stays and listens to my reading (even though I don't think he understands a word of it lol), but what do I do to play when I don't have a book and he's not looking towards me?

Thanks in advance for your insights and experiences!

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Hi everyone! I'm writing a paper for my career development class on the career I plan on getting into once I graduate college. I'm supposed to interview some professionals who work in the Head Start program, so if anyone here works with them, I'd really appreciate it if you could answer them!

  1. Why did you choose to work in Head Start?
  2. What are the pros and cons of working in this area?
  3. What was your starting wage (and when did you start), has this changed at all?
  4. Considering when you work in Head Start, you often work with families in tough situations which may rub off on you, does your program offer you receive any emotional support? What about support from your personal life?
  5. How do you deal with families that are in extreme circumstances (hunger, poverty, homelessness, abuse, etc.)
  6. What kind of professional development do you receive?
  7. How much schooling did you receive?
  8. How much interaction do you have with the community? What types of activities do you do with them?
  9. What are the typical day to day duties you have?
  10. If you could change anything about the program, what would it be?

Thank you so much!

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So I’m taking over an older toddler class while the teacher is out with a broken foot. There’s rumors she’s taking over a different room when she gets back.

The assistant is great but she doesn’t totally get that projects need to be all child done. Like she did a bumble bee project and had them paint it yellow and put on black stripes but she made them all go back and cover the whole plate with yellow so no white was showing. Even kids who said they were done.

Then she made wings and a head and attached those herself basically saying “it looks like they did some of it right?”

Those are things I’d totally have them add themselves.

My center wants totally child done art. She’s planning on doing curriculum and I don’t wanna step on toes but I feel like she needs to know that they want totally child done.

I’ve tried being subtle like “they love child done projects” but I don’t think she’s getting it.

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Not related to being a director or anything, just motivating people and becoming more confident as a lead staff.

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