Supporting Relief Educators with EarlyWorks
As educators, we are expected to ‘respond to children’s ideas and play’ (1.2.2). We might interpret this as thinking and planning on our feet. Often we do, however, we are also required to take ‘a planned and reflective approach to implementing the program for each child’ (1.3). This means we need to use our observations, reflections and any other evidence we have gathered, to plan ahead for each child.
How can we make this forward planning readily available in EarlyWorks? And importantly, how can we create a program that is clearly visible to a relief educator who was not part of that planning process?
The good news is this can be done easily in two ways:
- Firstly, by dating each experience as it is created. Then the experience will appear in the program on the chosen date. If the experience is to be repeated on different days, this can be noted in the narrative or description of the experience.
- Secondly, by including experiences in the Event Calendar for educators and families. This allows relief educators to see at a glance all of the planned experiences for the day. By clicking on the experience in the Calendar, the description of the experience can be viewed.
By making the planned experiences and activities easily visible to all stakeholders, EarlyWorks is supporting services in addressing two Quality Areas:
- QA 4 Staffing arrangements
- QA 7 Governance and Leadership, particularly 7.1.2 Management systems, and 7.2.2 Educational leadership.