I am often asked by educators and students “Why do I need an educational philosophy?” We all have individual beliefs and values that motivate us to get out of bed each day. Ask yourself these questions when drafting or reviewing a personal philosophy.
Why do I work with children and families?
What is my purpose when working with children and their families?
What is my understanding in relation to learning through play?
How do I think children are motivated to learn?
What philosophies and theories regarding early childhood education resonate with me?
What ethical beliefs and values do I have?
What is the educator’s role in children’s development and learning?
What goals have I established as an educator?
What is my duty of care when working with children and their families?
How will I demonstrate respect for the children, families and wider communities regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities, additional needs and stereotypes?
It is important to have an understanding of what shapes you as an educator; and to be aware of these beliefs and values when working with a diverse group of children, families and wider communities.