Posts in April 2022

6 tips to restart your preschool

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

After the pandemic and lockdowns, many preschools feel the pain to get up to speed again. The previous working methods seem outdated. A fresh start is needed, but the task is overwhelming and time is scarce. You need a systematic approach to get a lift for your teacher, children, and parents.

Take some time with your team to define or review your goals, values, and teaching methods in written form...

1. Learning goals & guidelines

This is an important, theoretical part of the curriculum. Pay attention to the quality of research you use and also to the accuracy of learning goals. Keep in mind that it is not necessary for children to accomplish a set of learning goals in a specific order, but at their own individual pace as we all are unique learners. Discuss these topics:

  • Key elements of the national early learning standards
  • Relevant and up-to-date research on childhood development
  • Learning goals for children in each learning area
  • Description of the group of children (needs, strengths, interests...)
  • Introduction of the educators

2. Values, ethos & teaching

As much as children learn from teachers, teachers learn from children. In this section of the curriculum, discuss the values and ethos of your preschool or early learning center. Open up how you communicate with the children and families, what type of behavior and cooperation you value, how you plan the activities, and what drives your work community.

For example, Finland's National Core curriculum for ECEC defines values as follows:

  • The intrinsic value of childhood
  • Growth as a human being
  • Rights of the child
  • Equity, equality, and diversity
  • Diversity of families
  • Healthy and sustainable way of living.

Discuss and define the values that you stand behind and list them clearly in your curriculum along with the other important framework:

  • Underlying values, ethos
  • Communication styles with children and families
  • Teaching styles
  • Planning of activities

3. Learning environments

Imagine yourself as a child and look at the classroom from different perspectives: What can the child see and reach?

How to meet parents' demand - Part 2

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

In Finland, children learn through play and we don't score children! So how can the parents be sure that their child is developing and learning, while also having fun? Parents want to be engaged and confident that the preschool provides high-quality education. But the daily face-to-face meetings between educators and parents are so hectic. There is simply so little time and so much to tell and discuss concerning the child's learning journey.  A better approach is needed.

How to go forward?

Planning and pedagogical documentation are the basis for high-quality education. A consistent learning process throughout the year is required as the foundation for engaging the parents and making the child's learning journey visible to them.

Lack of time is a challenge in childcare centers all over the world and therefore digital solutions help a lot with daily collaboration. With a digital solution such as Kindiedays Pedagogical Management Solution, you can share the child's learning journey both in real-time and in the form of automatically collected portfolios and reports. No need to hassle with pen and paper anymore. Educators save time and families find all the important information in one place.

With the learning process and foundation in place, you can offer the parents superior ways to stay engaged and confident.

Promise this to the parents to gain their confidence in your preschool!

How to meet parents' demand - Part 1

Monday, April 11, 2022

Most modern education policies and curriculums prescribe parent engagement as one of the cornerstones of education and care. Parents today request to know what is happening during the day and to learn how the child is developing. The daily face-to-face meetings between educators and parents are very important but too hectic. There is simply so little time and so much to tell and discuss.  A better approach is needed.

Why is it important?

Co-operating with a child's family is one of the most important matters in early childhood education. Parents know their child best, therefore their input, knowledge, and views concerning their child are crucial. Parents want to engage in the child's learning. See evidence of learning and be sure their child is developing well. Parents also want to handle all the daily practicalities in a smooth and efficient way. Both educators and the family are interested in the best of the child, so you are in the same boat.

How to go forward?

How to improve lesson planning?

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Let’s face it.

The better you have planned your day with the children – the better children will learn and you will do your job more efficiently.

Surely there are days when things do not go according to plan, but without a plan and preparations, the teacher is like a meteorite floating in space without a direction.

What should lesson plans include?

Planning takes lots of teachers’ time upfront, but with ready-made lesson plans created by professionals, you get in the right direction in no time.

To support children's holistic learning, lesson plans should include:

  1. activities from all the learning areas
  2. activities should be linked to the curriculum’s learning objectives to secure a consistent pedagogical approach

With these two tips, you are well off with planning and properly prepared for the children's goal-oriented learning moments.

Kindiedays Lesson Plans - holistic approach towards the whole learning process

Kindiedays has designed a package that includes a broad set of lesson plans aligned with the Finnish Curriculum. The lesson plans follow a holistic approach and theme-based learning. They are already linked to the learning objectives to help your planning.

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