Educators supporting children and families in the early years must be knowledgeable of the many facets involved in creating safe, healthy, and nurturing environments through problem solving, critical thinking, and reflective practice. The ability to educate and care for children and their families can lead to burnout and exhaustion when diverse perspectives are not respected and celebrated. Educators work alongside one another in complex learning spaces where respect of one another’s values is crucial to the success of a program. Learning spaces must be inclusive of abilities, provide opportunities to celebrate diversity, and provide equitable access for those engaged in co-learning alongside one another.
Educators must continually learn and challenge themselves to understand new ways of growing their pedagogical practice. Sharing in communities of practice, networking within communities, and participating in ongoing professional learning supports the continued growth of an educator’s mindset. Learning alongside children, families, colleagues, and communities sets the foundation for the co-construction of knowledge in a comprehensive and collaborative manner. Educators and children are engaged in important daily work, contributing to future societal and environmental impacts on these lands. Learning to access resources to support this important role is necessary for emerging educators working with young children.