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Communication and Early Childhood Educators

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Communication is not just how individuals speak to each other. It is listening, what the body language is saying and the response that is received. That is to say it is a two-way interaction, based on respect and valuing the different viewpoints that are given. It is from using effective communication that individuals form relationships with those around them. Relationships have been shown to provide children with the needs necessary to shape their behavior in the years to follow. According to Cheatham (2009, p.6) providing numerous opportunities for communication, both verbal and non verbal, encourages the development of the most functional skills. Therefore communication becomes the most important skill an early childhood educator can acquire, consequently encouraging the development of children socially, emotional and academically through positive relationships built on effective communication with parents, colleagues and the community.

Due to changing times, more children are now in some sort of care, whether it be long day care, family day care or with grandparents. In the June quarter 2010 there were 869,770 children in improved childcare, this was up 8.7% from the June quarter 2009. That is almost one in four children aged 0 to 12 attending childcare (Care for Kids, 2010). This signifies early childhood educators are now looking after 7% of all babies, under the age of one and 54% of all children under the age of three(Care for kids, 2010). Research has shown that this is the time children develop more quickly, therefore the child needs an educator that can communicate appropriately and accurately to meet their needs.

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