Owner/Director Neverland Children's Centre
About the Instructor
As a certified Early Childhood Educator, I am very passionate about my philosophies and approaches to childcare. I am very proud to be implementing my self-created Guiding & Caring Staff Training Program right here at Neverland called THE POWER OF LANGUAGE. Childcare of the highest quality can only result when parents and caregivers communicate openly and work together. This Parent-Teacher method of team playing is what allows us to support the development of each individual child which is our goal here at Neverland.
Strategic Use of Language Is Key!
It's All About The Language Online Course Series is an extremely valuable option for you to collect some of your required developmental hours while gaining the confidence you deserve to help you fully enjoy your rewarding career choice of Early Childhood Educator.
Learn how to teach with ease and be yourself as a teacher!
Ana shows you first-hand, how to communicate effortlessly with any classroom full of young children, regardless of how challenging any child’s behaviour may seem.
This series of online courses is guaranteed to provide any Early Childhood Educator with tried-and-true communication tools, setting both the teacher and the children up for success in any classroom environment.
Unique Presentation of Course Information
Each course includes theory, explanations, exercises and most importantly valuable real-life videos of Ana having successful outcomes in her own classroom setting.
It’s here that you get to witness her using each of her techniques in action with successful outcomes - every time!
You will learn:
- To be familiar with the benefits of language when communicating with young children and how powerful it can be as a tool for guiding and caring for these children.
- To improve communication with the children you work with and to have better results guiding and caring for them.
- To improve your relationships with the children you work with.
- To instil confidence through guiding and caring for young children in a positive way.
Topics covered in these courses include:
- Understanding Context and the Nature of Each Child - exploring how each child and their communication needs are unique.
- Being Approachable Both Verbally & Non-Verbally - includes tone, gestures and facial expressions.
- Creating the Attachment and Forming the Relationship - by engaging the children in conversation instead of just giving them directions.
- Helping Them Find Their Own Words - children respond well to this when we model how to be calm, confident and in control through our communication.
- Decide if it’s a Choice or a No-Choice Situation - clearly understanding their choices helps children become better problem solvers.
- The Art of Redirecting and Focusing on the Positive - focusing on what to do instead of what not to do.
- Providing the Children with Expectations Sets Them Up For Success - children need to know what’s expected of them.
- The Benefits To Changing Their Environment - children enjoy some Free Play in a multipurpose room.
- What Do You Think? - Teacher Ana explains why this is a favourite question she uses often to guide the children to learn self-regulation.
- Transitions - how to successfully tackle these challenging transition times in an Early Learning Environment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why does the way we word our communication dictate children's reactions?
Because we are presenting information to them with every direction or request that we deliver, and consequently, they are taking this in and making decisions about it.
What are children making decisions about?
They are deciding how to respond to us. It is amazing how much we can GUIDE THE OUTCOME of their behaviour by just taking the time to SET UP THE LANGUAGE in a way that guarantees POSITIVE RESULTS.
When communicating with young children, what is the one key component that is required in order to keep the language positive - both verbally and non-verbally?
RESPECT - because we give what we receive - every time.
This isn’t something we should be reserving for use with adults. We need to give the same to our children if we want to receive it back in return. This is what will set up our language - both spoken and unspoken. Even if you’re asking a child to do something they don’t want to do, you’ll be surprised by their response if you put in the time to ask them in a way you would like to be asked.
What do I mean by setting up our language?
If we adults were asked to do something by another adult, our response would vary depending on how we were approached. I’m sure we can all think of examples of times when there was something we really didn’t want to do, but because we were asked in such a way, we couldn’t say no.
Equally, I’m sure we all have memories of times when we were told to do something very simple but didn’t enjoy the way the request was delivered to us, thus we were not as motivated to do so.
Another main point to remember when focusing on communicating effectively with young children is understanding where they are coming from when they seem to not be following our guidance or meeting our expectations. If we haven’t learned where their behaviour stems from before we REACT to it, then we are taking their actions OUT OF CONTEXT and are not in touch with the child’s FRAME OF MIND or their reasons.
The goal for Early Childhood Educators is to provide an environment for the children that fosters their independence. The more confident they feel, they more independent they become.