Going the Heart way - THIS is what is important

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” ― Iain Thomas

Isn’t this absolutely the way with our teaching?

Big little things - the unseen little touches

It really is the small things that make the difference.  Tiny little touches set apart the ho-hum “just fine” ECE settings from the really special heart filled ones.  There may be big differences in size and dollars spent across the sector, but the no price tag items are the things that speak volumes.

How can the adult-you enjoy Christmas?

At the Heart School we are passionate about creating beautiful and meaningful Christmas memories for young children.  When they have long hours in care, and less at home or out in the community, it is really important our settings provide them some of the childhood magic that is the festive season.  But what about our adults?  Couldn’t they do with some Christmas magic of their own?  

A home away from home - what does this look and feel like?

"A home away from home". 

It's a description of ECE settings that is bandied about so often that its true meaning tends to be overlooked.  It is not enough to use the phrase as a selling point for parents.  We need to think about what home means to a very young child, and find genuine ways of offering a homely, nurturing safe haven. 

Are you giving or are you living the lessons?

 "There is no difference between living and learning... it is impossible and misleading and harmful to think of them as being separate." - John Holt

We have noticed a growing trend to implement ‘teaching programmes’ in an attempt to teach our young ‘pre/before school’ children academic as well as social/emotional skills. Much can be said about how and when to teach children reading/math/writing skills, a topic for another time. What concerns us is the trend to ‘teach’ children social skills and values by way of ‘giving lessons’.

Are you captivating moments? - Or is the camera captivating you?

One of our strengths at Little Earth is that we are deeply reflective.     
Not only are we committed to our own personal growth as teachers, but to our collective growth as a remarkable preschool.  The danger in doing things well is becoming complacent, and so it is essential that we continue to question what we do. As Grace Hopper puts it, "the most dangerous phrase in [our] language is 'we've always done it this way'"!