As early childhood professionals, we know the value and necessity of lifelong learning. In order to maintain quality of practice, we absolutely need to stay on top of our game. Research is changing the way we understand young children and how we approach their care and education. Getting stale is not an option!
Continuing education has both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. We may be required by our employers or by child care licensing to acquire a number of training hours each year. Or, earning a CDA is on the horizon or renewing one we already earned. In return for our efforts, we meet requirements, validate our licenses, get a promotion, or are awarded a credential.
But, there is more to it than that. By participating in good training, there are other valuable outcomes, albeit intangible.
Learning new information that builds on what we already know gives a boost to our classroom performance. We bring back these new ideas to put into immediate use with the children.
New ideas are energizing! We can’t wait to try them and our renewed enthusiasm is contagious The children and even our co-workers can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. There is also a sense of satisfaction knowing we’re making our programs better. What a self-esteem booster!...