Every child deserves a person on their side who will make sure that they become the best that they can possibly be, who understands the power of connection, and above all, who will never give up on them.
To most children, this person is their parent or guardian. However, as the child grows and starts going to school, parents will not always be there and some of the responsibilities will be shared with teachers and other care givers. These care givers will not only need to nurture the child, but they will also have to support them. That is why it is important to choose an individual with the right character and abilities to manage a childcare and early education center.
Managers who run successful early learning projects have been found to possess several distinct characteristics. Below, we have outlined some of these characteristics that you should be on the lookout for when hiring a childcare project manager.
• They value the staff the same way they do children
Children need a happy environment to flourish. This type of environment can only be achieved if the team that is taking care of them feels safe, listened to, valued, and offered opportunities to grow and develop professionally. That’s why you need a manager who values his or her staff too.
• They give sincere praise regularly
Regularly praising staff members for doing a great job makes not only makes them feel valued, but it also solidifies good working behavior and habits and encourages them to do even better. Rather than just saying telling them that they have done a great job, managers should also detail the achievements made in the praise. The praise shouldn’t just be meaningful and relevant, but also sincere. A good manager also sends messages of praise to parents and guardians who are doing a great job in caring for the kids.
• They communicate openly and often
Communication is very important in an institution providing early childcare project manager. In such an institution, a manager is supposed to practice leadership that supports open communication and collaborative decision making involving the staff, parents, and children.
Staff members need to feel safe and comfortable to give and receive feedback in order to create a good environment for child growth in the institution. A great manager provides regular appraisals, supervision, and mentoring opportunities among other things to try and create such an environment within the institution.