2021, how did you speed by so fast!?! After another year of uncertainty, one thing has stayed the same… the love of inspiring content to help you in the important work you do with children and their families!

That’s why it is time to dig up and dust off the most popular articles from our blog in 2021. These articles were read by educators from all corners of the world, and their popularity helps us decide what type of content you may like to see in 2022 – and beyond!

Without further ado, here’s what you read most on our blog!


#5 How to Teach Children about Caring for the Environment

The choices and actions we make now can make the world a better place both now and in the future. And for children, our future leaders and changemakers, the habits they form now, will help our planet for decades to come. Here are some practical and simple ways we can support children to care for the environment.


#4 Creating a sense of belonging for families in childcare spaces

To truly work in partnership with families, we must have a trusting and respectful relationship with them. This can be tricky though when parents are short of time and dash in and out of your learning service at the speed of light. Here we have 8 ways you can help families develop a sense of belonging and promote positive relationships with them. 

#3 RIE – Respectful care with infants

When working with infants, the importance of respectful care practices are paramount. But what does this look like in practice? We take a look at the RIE, or “educaring” approach, the guiding principles and how they may look when being used in your practice. 

#2 Setting professional goals in early childhood education

There is a lot of advice about goal setting for early childhood professionals. Professional development goals for early childhood educators are deep, mindful, and have the potential to impact others around you as well as yourself. We’ve got some prompts to get you thinking about what you would choose as a professional goal, and understand why it’s important to choose the right goal. 

#1 Reflective Practice in Early Childhood Education

Reflective practice supports you in making sense of a situation and can enable you to grow and develop your own working theories, philosophy and pedagogy. Your reflections, both individual and team, provide valuable data and evidence of your developing pedagogy and professional growth. This article looks at reflective practice (both as an educator and a learner) and looks at a few reflection models to help you develop your own action plan.

Now that’s a wrap!!! Farewell 2021, another year of personal and professional growth for almost everyone worldwide no doubt. We look forward to bringing more insightful, reflective and thought-provoking content next year. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Sonya McIntyre

Sonya was born in Lower Hutt and went to Rata Street Kindergarten and Petone Kindergarten. A qualified ECE, she studied at Victoria University in Wellington and has worked with home-based educators, in community-based childcare and in kindergarten. With childhood memories of reading books and writing stories, combined with her passion for all things social media, Sonya segued into her role with us at Storypark as social media manager.

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