Making a good impression is important on your first day at a new centre. In my experience, if you follow these tips you are sure to have a great day!

  1. Arrival: Arrive with a smile. Introduce yourself and say you are from anzuk Education. Ask the staff what room you will be in for the day. Remember, you may be in one room all day or floating between
  2. Routine: Ask the staff in the room about the routine. “How many children will we have today? When do we have morning tea/ lunch etc. Is there anything you would like me to do for the day?”
  3. Questions: This is one of the most important things to remember. If you are unsure what you should be doing, ask the educators. For example:
    — Rest time: “would you like me to put the beds out” / “would you like me to pat anyone?”
    — Group time: “would you like me to sit with anyone?”
    — Lunchtime: “would you like me to help give out the plates/ clean up/sit with the children?”
  4. Children: We all know that children have lots of confidence and love to ask questions. Get to know the children in the room, ask their name and let them know yours. Ask them questions like “what’s your favourite colour/ favourite movie songs.” This will make the children feel more comfortable with you.
  5. Be Proactive: Move around the room. This is important to interact with all the children and you look proactive. If you are unsure what to do, ask one of the children “can I play with you?” Or “what is your favourite thing to do?” Let the child lead the play. Have a look around the room for materials to use with the children. Don’t be afraid to start a game.
  6. Outside: When you are outside, make sure you wear a hat! Supervision is key when you are outside. Make sure you are scanning the area you are in. If you do not know what area to stand in, ask the other educators.
  7. Behaviour Management: When it comes to behaviour management, don’t be afraid to resolve conflicts between children. Make sure to get down to the children’s level, use a calm voice and ask why the children are upset. Get the children involved in the conversation, ask them “how will we solve this problem?”
  8. Positivity: Make sure to be positive towards the children and congratulate them on their successes, “I can really see you worked hard to make that tower” or “look at all the wonderful colours you used for your painting!”
  9. Relationships: Remember every centre you are working in you are building your professional network. When you ask the director to sign your timesheet, mention your availability for future shifts. This will increase your chances of getting rebooked.
  10. Fun: Remember to ENJOY your day! The more fun you have, the more the kids have fun. Trust in your own abilities. We believe that you are all fantastic at educating young minds and we are proud to have you as a part of the anzuk team!