As professionals we are often put to task, to develop professional goals. For those of us, who work in Early Childhood Education, this can be a difficult task, because we are not always viewed as “Professionals” as much as we are viewed as glorified babysitters.
Even with an Administration that believes in funding Early Head Start, and Head Start Programs the overall consensus is that Educators are over paid in general, and Early Childhood Educators are nothing more than caregivers, and babysitters.
For those of us, that have however, dedicated our lives to the well-being of young children, it is vital that we see ourselves as Professionals, and therefore develop goals and objectives to keep our mission clear to us. Listed below are five goals, and objectives, which are not exhaustive, to keep in mind what we as Professionals are undertaking when caring for the youngest of learners.
1. We are working towards enhancing our skills and values of the Early Childhood workforce (www.NAEYC.org.)
2. We are promoting a connection between theory and practice.
3. We are gaining better access to resources.
4. We are staying focused on professional needs and growth
5. We are utilizing Best Practices when engaging the children and families in which we care for.
The objectives of these goals are;
1. To demonstrate professional knowledge that is necessary for successful performance in the field.
2. To utilize a Best Practice professional disposition.
3. To demonstrate a willingness to use the skills that benefit and serve the children and families in which we serve.
4. To continually assess and refine our professional practice.
5. To become more adept at applying our acquired knowledge in respect to the children and families in which we serve (www.canisius.edu.)
It is frequently a demanding quest to utilize the professional goals and objectives, when we are faced with being overworked and underpaid. So many Early Childhood Professionals are disgruntled with their jobs, and believe that they are being mistreated. But the only way to overcome these feelings of uncertainty and insecurity are to understand “Why” we do the work that we do, and to continue to view ourselves as the Professionals that we are. This of course, can be accomplished by setting goals for ourselves and understanding the objectives of our goals!