5th October is World Teachers Day which celebrates all the fantastic contributions that teachers make in children’s lives in terms of their education and development.
It was proclaimed by UNESCO in 1994, acknowledging the great step made for teachers on 5 October 1966, when a special intergovernmental conference convened by UNESCO in Paris.
We asked two teachers from Bright Horizons Leeds Nursery and Preschool what being a teacher means to them. Fiona Stewart, the Nursery Manager explained:
‘I have worked in childcare for over 20 years. I started as a Nursery Nurse and progressed to a Nursery Manager over 10 years ago. I am still as passionate about my job today as I was back in 1989 when I enrolled onto the NNEB course at college.
I feel so fortunate to be in a job that allows me to spend my time with enthusiastic, inquisitive, funny little people that have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for fun. The privilege of seeing the children solve their own problems, demonstrate care and affection for one another and create elaborate imaginary role play situations is a true pleasure.
Taking time to build trusting relationships with families and seeing how they conquer potty training, ‘fussy’ eating phases and master the art of working, running a home and managing with sleepless nights is something that I revel in. What I most love about educating young children is that it has no beginning, middle or end, but continues to spiral, turn and twist through a child’s discovery of the world around them.
Catherine Oldfield, the Early Years Professional who is also 3rd in charge in the same nursery added:
‘Working with young children has been something I have wanted to do since I was a very young age. I have always found young children and what, how and why they learn to be fascinating. I love to keep up to date with new research that people have done around children’s development, it is from this you see, truly, what clever, amazing little people they are. Being part of children’s learning journeys, helping them to achieve their potential and providing opportunities for each one of them to shine is something I am very proud of. Working with children everyday has allowed me to bring research to life and experience first-hand what these amazing young children can do. The early years is such an important part of a child’s life and sets them up for the future and we as teachers get to play a major role in that. I do not feel any other job could give you the same level of pride and accomplishment seeing the children you have looked after succeed.’
So, if you get an opportunity this Wednesday stop for a minute and remember your favourite teacher(s) from your childhood. Share this memory with your children and tell them a story or two about influence they had on you. They will love hearing it and it will also help them to build their own friendships with their teachers.
Alex Judson, Junior Deputy Manager from Nursery on the Green in Frimley also added: ‘From a young age I have also wanted to work with children as I find it very rewarding. I enjoy creating different activities using the children’s interests and over time see them grow and develop in many different skills so they are ready for their next step in their learning and development by going to school.’
And when we approached the team from Crewe Day Nursery and Preschool with the same question they gave us the following reasons:
Carol Sutton – Baby Room Leader:
I love my job because no two days are ever the same. I feel as though I help to equip the children with the skills which they will use every day in their life such as walking, talking and feeding themselves. It is when I see their progression it gives me such a sense of pride – in knowing that I have contributed in some way. Hearing a child laugh and watching them achieve a goal makes any day a good day.
Nicola Harvey – Deputy Manager:
I love watching children develop and enabling team members to support children in every aspect of their development. It is a great feeling knowing that we are making a difference not only to the children that we care for each day but also the families we have contact with through all of our social events and fundraising activities.
Rebecca Atkins – Toddler One Room Leader:
I have trained for many years achieving my EYT which has given me lots of experience working in a variety of different nurseries – I love working with children to make an impact in their lives. Supporting and enabling the children to grow, learn and develop is the best part of my job.
Annie Green – Preschool Room Leader:
I love my job, because I enjoy watching the children progress in their development. I feel pride in myself and each child when they achieve goals. I also love my job because to me it’s a passion, it’s what I love to do. To me it isn’t a job it’s my passion I love making every child smile and enjoy supporting parents to.