Early Childhood Educators’ Day – 7 September 2022
On Early Childhood Educators’ Day (and every other day) early childhood educators deserve recognition for their skills, dedication, and expertise. Their work is complex, as they teach and learn with young children during the most important time in children’s lives.
The last few years have highlighted how important early childhood educators are. During the COVID pandemic they have been frontline workers who continue to motivate, inspire, guide, encourage, nurture and support children, families, and communities.
As Loris Malaguzzi reminds us, “Our task is to help children communicate with the world using their potentiality, strengths and languages and to overcome any obstacles presented by our culture”.
Children’s experiences, through relationships, particularly in the first five years of life, are critical for all areas of children’s development, the fostering of enquiring minds and children’s love of learning. Early childhood educators support this development by learning, teaching and working in relationship with children and their learning contexts.
“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences” (Malaguzzi in Edwards et al, p.54).
We invite you to join REAIE in acknowledging and thanking early childhood educators on this special day.
Ruth Weinstein and Leanne Mits – REAIE Committee Members
Edwards, C., Gandini, L., & Forman, G. (Eds.). (2012). The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia experience in transformation. Praeger.
Malaguzzi, L. Commentary. In The Hundred Languages of Children Catalogue of the Exhibit. (2000). Reggio Children.