The role of the educator

Whilst working with a small setting recently, we explored the role of the educator. We established that the educator should be a …

  • Listener
  • Enabler
  • Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • and most importantly a partner in learning

We should see ourselves as travelling together with the child side by side as they explore and discover their world. Never in front, leading the child, or behind following the child.

Can we truly say we are travelling with the child at all times? Reflection of the educator and our role is vital when reflecting and analysing documentation. When do we step aside and observe and when we step in to prompt or provoke thinking? We need to always be mindful of not over directing learning, whilst aware that our offerings or guiding questions could enable dynamic thinking from children.