Posted 24/07/2017 3:40:00 PM by Oliver Lam
When you have a genuine love for children and see the importance of forming communities where creativity, kindness and a sense of curiosity is not only welcomed but celebrated, it's easy to see why Becky Broser chose to become an early childhood educator (ECE). Her warm and friendly personality blends in perfectly with the rest of the team at our Kids at Heather Child Care Centre in Vancouver. A graduate of Delta Continuing Education's Early Childhood Education program, Becky has been part of the Y community for over three years. This is our #YSpotlight on Becky Broser!
Why did you choose to become an ECE?
I chose to become an ECE because of my passion for children and their learning. I wanted to use my creativity and compassion to make a difference in their lives, and also to help build a community for children and families to grow in.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing the exploration and growth of each child. Every day is different and small milestones are celebrated. To see smiles on their faces gives me such joy.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
I would say multitasking and being on the ball with new ideas and activities.
What’s one experience you’ve had as an ECE that holds a special place in your heart?
A co-worker and I took over a program and the parents and children were so positive and responsive towards us that it made us feel like amazing educators. We built strong relationships with the families and really got to know them, and their needs. Needless to say there was a parent survey and our parents wrote amazing letters letting us know how thankful and happy they had been in the program and how appreciative they were to have us as educators. This meant the world to us to be recognized for the hard work that we put into our jobs every day.
What’s one aspect of the job that has been a pleasant surprise?
Working with such amazing co-workers. I have built so many strong friendships through this job and I am so thankful to have such a supportive and fun team. I knew that I would like my job because I love children, but what I did not know is that I would come across so many talented, creative and passionate people along the way.
What advice would you give to those currently working towards a career as an ECE?
It is hard work, but the payoff of watching children explore and learn through play is like nothing else. There will be days that will be hard, but then there are the days and moments where you love what you do because of little moments created by children and families.
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