I have had the pleasure of engaging in some thought provoking professional development near the end of the first term and for me, professionally, I have found that I am much more in tune with what I need and want to achieve. I have been reminded of the importance of setting goals and actively working to achieve these. I have also been reminded of the power and importance of positivity in all aspects of life.
Positivity is one of those things that can sometimes feel effortless...and other times feel so out of reach. As adults there are many factors in our lives that can impact of our emotions, our reactions and our ability to be positive.
At pre-school we feel very strongly about creating and maintaining an environment that projects positivity for everyone - each child, each family member, each educator and each visitor.
There are surface elements of positivity that you may notice when you are in our pre-school. These include framed statements and inspiring quotes, beautiful items to look at and displays of art and items from around the world.
We take time to develop our positive environment and this is an ongoing project for us.
But positivity isn't only about the visual messages. For our team, positivity comes into every aspect of our pre-school.
We have many aims in the promotion of positivity and work towards this in a variety of ways:
- Taking time to listen to each child. Some children have much to say. Some children need a little extra time to share their thoughts and ideas. By being at each child's eye level, by taking time to be in the moment when a child is communicating, by using active listening skills, by showing each child that they are important and that we want to hear them...this all contributes to being able to build on each child's self esteem and their positive view of a world that values them.
- Positive behaviour guidance. Being a young and growing person in the world with many other young, developing people can be a challenge. Being positive when assisting children with their emotions and behaviours is a very important aspect of our positive environment. We aim to promote a feeling of safety and honesty.
- Genuine encouragement. There are only so many times that you can hear the words "good boy" "good girl" or "that's lovely" before these phrases become quite meaningless. In our pre-school environment we aim to make our words meaningful and show the children that we are seeing their individual efforts and achievements. "I like the way that you used the pegs to hold up your painting" "You were able to complete that puzzle all by your self! well done!" "Thank you for sharing the play-dough with your friend, now you can play together" "I can see how hard you have worked on your Lego car. I like the way the seats line up on the top".
|Positive messages in small spaces|
|Thought provoking quotes|
|Colour and positivity|
|Aspects of beauty to inspire|