Almost 12 months at St Luke’s and my experiences continue to inspire and challenge me, pushing me outside my comfort zone.
I have a keen interest in Suncorp super netball and it’s been a great season for ‘my team’ the Giants, watching them progress through to the finals. Teams in the competition are currently announcing their new line ups for next year and this has coincided with the St Luke’s CELC team signing up ‘new recruits’, prompting me to reflect upon the key elements to building teams in Early Childhood settings.
When playing in a team sport like netball, not only is physical fitness a key element, but collaboration and communication are essential. Everyone plays an important role, from the defenders, to the centre court to the shooters. A shared purpose and love for the game unites the team.
I compare this to my experiences at St Luke’s. Everyone has a role to play with a shared vision and passion for our role in children’s lives uniting the team to achieve quality outcomes for children.
Our team began the year faced with the challenges of working together for the first time in a new environment. Having come from a variety of different backgrounds, it took time for the staff to get to know each other “forming and storming”, unpacking their roles and responsibilities.
A shared vision and common purpose has helped to unite the team. This is evident in:
- their building of relationships with the children and families
- supporting and scaffolding each child’s curiosity and knowledge building via their investigations and project participation
- their advocacy for the rights of the child
- listening to their voice to further support children’s investigative enquiries.
When building the CELC teaching team, a consideration was to try to gain an understanding of how individuals see children and how they learn.
“We know that children are born with amazing potential and capacities: curiosity, a drive to understand, the ability to wait, to wonder and to be amazed, the capacity to express themselves in many ways and the desire to form relationships with others and with the physical world.
What kind of schools and what kind of teachers do we need to foster these capacities?”
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The National Quality Standards (NQS) which guides early childhood educators practises along with policies and procedures, highlights the importance of staff cohesion for quality outcomes for children’s development in Quality area 4.2. It states
“ When adults communicate effectively and respectfully with each other they promote a positive and calm atmosphere at the service, supporting children to feel safe and secure and contributing to the development of positive relationships between children and educators.”
Next in our game plan then is to ‘norm.’ The team is established, our shared vision grows stronger and relationships with families and children continue to develop as the children’s investigations flourish. I look forward to the next 12 months. Here come the Giants!