Working with young children is one of the most rewarding careers in the world. You get to see each individual learn and grow right before your eyes. And you get to play a key role in their development as human beings, budding students, and members of our society.
Becoming an early childhood educator is truly a calling. Not everyone has the talent, dedication, and teaching skills required to build a successful career in this field.
Considering this path and wondering if you'd make a good early childhood educator?
At Herzing College, we've been delivering early childhood education training for years. After coaching hundreds of students, we have a good understanding of what it takes to really excel in this role.
Take a look at the 6 characteristics on this list. If you can answer "yes" to each point, you are definitely on the right track. Let's get started!
You love being around young children
It should go without saying that early childhood educators should truly love working with young children. But we'll say it anyway—because it's such an important part of this career!
Maybe you're the person everyone calls for baby-sitting, because you're so great at it, and parents trust you completely. Or, maybe you have kids of your own, and really enjoy helping them learn and grow.
Even if you don't have much experience looking after young children, you might feel a special calling to pursue this career. You recognize that kids literally are our future as a society, and you want to play a part in teaching and supporting the next generation.
Or, perhaps you simply love the energy and raw enthusiasm of kids. You want a career that lets you be part of that energy every single day.
You're interested in child development
Along with enjoying spending time with kids, you should be genuinely interested in their development—cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially. Learning how children develop is the foundation of early childhood education training.
Your diploma program will cover topics like child psychology, human development, and child health. You'll study exactly how children grow and evolve, from zero to 12 years old.
You'll learn how to deal with learning and behavior challenges, and how to encourage kids to play, socialize, and develop a wide range of skills. By the time you finish training, you'll be fully prepared for work at a daycare or pre-school.
You're a natural planner and organizer
Have you ever been to a kids' event where the planning is lacking, and things slowly slip into chaos? When you put a group of young children together, but don't keep them organized with activities and some kind of schedule, things tend to go wild pretty quickly.
That's why early childhood educators put a lot of thought into planning. They map out the day, dividing their time into games, activities, meals, clean-up, outings, stories, and nap time. They teach kids how to follow a routine—which not only keeps everything organized, it helps prepare them for the structure of kindergarten.
Early childhood education training includes plenty of instruction on activities planning. You'll learn tons of fun, educational ways to occupy your little students, and help them learn essential life skills.
Instructor, Sora New, says hands-on training is a key part of Herzing's Early Childhood Education program:
"Our classrooms are designed and equipped with materials and toys similar to daycares, so that students can get real hands-on training.
Plus, on the top of the curriculum (which is based on government requirements), we prepare students even further by providing them with children's songs, props they can use, and role-play for common situations at daycares.
We provide an energetic and dynamic class for our ECE students. All of our ECE instructors have daycare experience and we know exactly what it takes to be a good educator. Our students are fully prepared for a real daycare or preschool classroom."
You are patient and compassionate
One of your most important goals as an early childhood educator is to build trust with the children in your care. Think about how hard it is for some kids to leave their parents or guardians for the first time, when they have to start daycare or preschool.
They'll be looking to you for comfort, reassurance, and safety. ECEs need to build positive connections with their students, so they can adapt to this new experience and begin to thrive.
This takes patience, compassion, and an overall friendly and open demeanor. If you're a naturally giving and nurturing person, you will make a good early childhood educator.
You're ready to be a role model
All teachers are role models, including of course, early childhood educators. ECEs are a child's very first teacher outside of the home. This career comes with a hefty responsibility to model good judgement and behavior at all times.
Your little students will look up to you. They will imitate you. They will watch how you treat people and adopt those habits. Are you ready to be a role model for young children?
This post will help you decide:7 Signs You're Destined for a Career in Early Childhood Education
You are prepared for Early Childhood Education training
Have you researched Early Childhood Education programs in Montreal? Do you know about admission requirements, what colleges are looking for in applicants, and the average length of training?
At Herzing, for example, our Early Childhood Education program takes 14 months to complete full-time. It includes an 8-week internship, where you will get real experience at a daycare or preschool. You can take the program in English or French.
We interview applicants to make sure they possess the characteristics needed to excel in the program and become successful early childhood educators. We also ask applicants to take a general admissions test, in addition to other requirements.
Here's how the admissions process works at Herzing: What to Expect at Your Herzing College Admissions Interview
Tip: Before you enrol anywhere, take the time to compare a few different colleges. Take campus tours, and talk with admission advisors at each school. This is the best way to select a quality ECE program, and find the college that really fits your needs.
Want to learn more about Herzing's Early Childhood Education Program? We'd love to hear from you.
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