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4 Resilience building strategies for Directors and Educators in Childcare
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4 Resilience building strategies for Directors and Educators in Childcare

Early Childhood Educators have the responsibility of ensuring both the academic and social & emotional needs of a diverse range of learners are met. Due to the psychologically demanding nature of the profession, Educators report experiencing daily levels of high stress. This level of demand, often without sufficient supportive resources, plays an active part in the nearly 40% attrition rate for educators within the first 5 years of teaching. The high level of stress and burnout is exactly why Educators require access to and training in employing resilience programs in diverse and challenging environments.

How to be a "charismatic adult" for a child in need.
Radio interview with Debbie

Who was the adult in your childhood who stepped up, who inspired you?

When a child's parents aren't there or aren't able to give you that support - how can other adults help? Listen to this interview with Debbie Miller, Madelaine Winstanley and Dr Jennifer Cartmel to find out more.

ABC radio interview with Debbie Miller
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When life falls apart again and again, what will get you through?

Something will go wrong. How will you find solace? What will you tell yourself about the situation? Your answers may reveal your level of resilience. So how do you build it, how do you retain it, and how do you help your children get it?

To find out, listen to the ABC radio interview with Debbie Miller.

3 Steps to choosing Social and Emotional Learning programs
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Before engaging in any SEL program, early childhood educators should not only consider the outcomes of the program, but just as importantly, consider the foundations of the program.

If the outcome is to build resilience and wellbeing in children, you should check to see if the foundations include these 3 steps:

  1. Does the SEL program establish as sense of identity for the children?
    Will the SEL program teach; I have strengths; I am safe and secure; I am valued
    Will it teach that we all have similarities and differences and will it provide a sense of agency about children's ability to contribute?

Strategies To Help Children Build Resilience
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Educators and parents understand the importance of building resilience in children but often lack the skills to know how to develop it.

Based on a 12 month-research program led by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), a number of strategies were generated on the resilience concepts. Complemented with consultations from parents, children and practitioners from around the country, the methodology of how to apply them in schools, homes and early childhood settings is mentioned.

Tips for teaching mindfulness to children
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Being able to pay complete attention to your senses, emotions, environment and stimuli in the current moment is mindfulness. The current moment means paying attention to now, removing thoughts about both the past and the future. Being mindful is a natural process that leads to the betterment of emotional and physical wellbeing and can be used as a tool to help manage stress, anxiety and depression.

By definition, mindfulness is the ability to focus and to remain in the current moment, without fear, judgement or the desire to shift your thinking away.

6 Tips for Helping Children Build Resilience
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There has been a strong focus over the last few years by both educators and parents on building "resilience" in children. We all are aware of the importance of building emotional strength in our children but often lack the knowledge of how to teach these critical skills. Seeing a rise in "Helicopter Parenting" and "Click of the Button" convenience makes it all the more important to develop a strong foundation of social-emotional resilience and help children to recognise the life lessons in tough situations.

Here are a few strategies that you can use to help children build and strengthen their resilience:

3 Effective Ways to Help Children Overcome Social Anxiety
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In this rapidly moving world, one of the greatest problems in developing young minds is social anxiety. Social anxiety can often prevent children from engaging in conversations, from taking appropriate risks and learning through making mistakes. A child with social anxiety can become so self-conscious that the fear of being embarrassed or letting others down can overtake their natural learning progression.

Here are 3 ideas on how to reduce anxiety in children:

Six Ways to Help your Child Be More Resilient
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Every child has a gift. There is no success gene, no high-spirits gene, and no ‘doer of phenomenal things' gene. The ability of happiness and wellbeing lies within them and can mean different things to different children. We can't hide them from situations or avoid the problems that they are going to face along the way. However, we can give them the skills to be brave and persevere while facing challenges that arise. We can help them to build resilience. Building Resilience in Children helps them bounce back from trauma, tragedy, stress or adversity. Resilient children are generally braver, more adaptable, curious and able to spread their influence into the world.

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