The major goal of ACTVoices is to support children BUILD a strong and confident self-esteem and socio-emotional wellbeing. This will STRENGTHEN FOUNDATIONS that will shape their self-identity, as well as develop their sense of ‘belonging’, ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ that will have long-lasting effects well beyond the early childhood years.
It all starts with supporting and improving the emotional wellbeing of parents/carers, directors, leaders and teachers.
What does this mean? What are the foundations for parents/carers and teachers to build their own wellbeing?
Skills that will build your social-emotional wellbeing include the following three skills that will empower you with the ability to use your voice more effectively with the children and each other. It will also address and reduce the 10 most commonly identified stressors and challenges faced as a teacher and leader.
Emotional intelligence skills
Behaviour management skills
Emotional self-control skills
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OUR MISSION – EMPOWERING VOICES. BUILDING WELLBEING. SHAPING IDENTITY.
OUR VISION – PARTNERSHIPS. BRIDGES. COMMUNITY.
OUR VALUES – BEING HEARD.
BUILDING STRONG TEAMS AND EMPOWERING CHILDREN’S VOICES.
Giving children a VOICE through opportunities to assert and develop their independence and self-efficacy (or self-agency) skills will increase their self-esteem. As a result, children will build an accurate self-concept as they VALUE themselves and build a strong SOCIO-EMOTIONAL WELLBEING. This will lead to the shaping of a confident SELF-IDENTITY as they accept themselves for ‘who they are’.
Together, we can also build and strengthen PARTNERSHIPS and RELATIONSHIPS with families
In having these stronger relationships WITH FAMILIES, we can be the BRIDGE for families in connecting them with their community and to help them access the services to support and strengthen their family unit.
In doing so, this will build a wider and stronger COMMUNITY NETWORK who can support each other.
My past. My present. My experience.
I am an experienced qualified early childhood teacher and facilitator, with 20 years in the field and expertise in guiding behaviour and skills in leadership roles both in the room and in a broader context within the teams and centre.
I have an additional Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and am also involved in teaching and tertiary supervision of students at Macquarie University since 2013, currently on a casual basis. During this time, I have acquired and stayed up-to-date with knowledge of what is currently happening in this constantly evolving field. In addition, I have pursued my interests of emotional health and wellbeing, leadership, and reflective practice (both individual and collaborative self-reflection) through my studies and research, which has equipped me with further knowledge and skills in these areas.
I have also been closely working with children on a one-on-one basis as an early childhood teacher in small group contexts since 2015. I have supported their learning and development in a holistic manner, while also focusing on their self-regulatory skills, social-emotional development and reflection as key areas to further enhance and challenge their learning.
With my experience in these multiple areas, it is evident that children are highly affected by those around them – those who are trying to help them grow and develop in the best way. However, when teachers and parents/carers are stressed and overwhelmed with their various personal and professional challenges this influences their ability to support children in their most vulnerable and needy times.
Tirzah (Founder and Owner of ACTVoices)