Identify ways to nurture creativity in your personal life.
Reflect on what it means to be a creative babysitter and toddler.
Brainstorm ideas on engaging creatively with babies, toddlers, families, and colleagues.
How do you nurture and maintain your creativity?
Is there a person who inspires you to be creative?
What sparked your creativity?
How about your professional life?
What elements of your work environment make you feel creative? It’s about sharing concerns and ideas. And brainstorming for solutions when the situation arises or not? Is it a relationship with children and family?
Educational psychology professor James Kaufman has identified eight elements of the work environment that cultivate creativity. In the survey part of this lesson, you will have the opportunity to reflect on these elements as they relate to your personal experiences in a caring and early learning environment. For infants and toddlers. 8 things to cultivate creativity
Enough freedom: Adults need the ability to make personal and professional decisions. Although sometimes, the options may seem limited. However, there are situations where you can choose how to take care of your newborn and learning environment, for example, choosing materials or providing experiences based on the interests of infants and young children in your care. How are you?
Working with babies and toddlers can sometimes be challenging. As you read this course, Challenges are often opportunities for us to solve problems creatively. Challenges are welcome as a way to learn more and enhance your professional skills.
We all need tools and resources to do our jobs. Appropriate resources (e.g., planning tools, resource library classroom equipment, and time for planning, reflection, and advocacy) are prerequisites for feeling creative. You must have the tools to do the job.
We can all identify individuals in our lives who act as mentors. Who inspires us to achieve great things or provides advice and support when facing challenges or difficulties. You must have the opportunity to meet regularly with your supervisor to discuss what is going on in your classroom and brainstorm solutions if necessary. These exchanges are essential to your professional development. And help you learn and grow
Diverse and communicative colleagues
One of the advantages of being a member of a team of people at work is getting to know people engaged in professional activities similar to yours. People who may have similar interests as you and those who may be facing similar problems or concerns. Or challenges at work. Getting to know your coworkers will help you build relationships and friendships that will help you feel motivated and more assertive. You can inspire others and be inspired by your colleagues!
Positive thinking, creativity, and effort should be recognized in the same way that your supervisor acknowledges reasonable efforts and ideas. You can recognize a colleague or supervisor who helps inspire and lead your team to success.
Sense of cooperation
A creative space is a collaborative space. People should feel safe sharing their thoughts. Even ideas they didn’t think would work. Team members can support each other and build on each other’s creativity.
Organizations that support Creativity
You are not alone in your quest to cultivate Creativity. A genuinely creative workplace works in harmony at every level. Your entire team should be valued and creative.
What does it mean to be a creative babysitter and toddler?
What are your thoughts on being a creative caregiver for babies and toddlers? Pause for a moment to think about it.
While you are studying this course, you realize that Creativity is an essential part of the human experience. The ability to think creatively helps us to take on challenges. Overcome obstacles and create opportunities. Creativity is essential because it shows openness to new experiences. These experiences include having a good imagination. Experiencing and appreciating the feeling of trying new things based on individual interests. And have curious ideas (Kaufman, 2016).
In chapter one, you have the opportunity to explore your views on Creativity. This lesson expands the horizons of this exploration by encouraging you to think about Creativity in your workplace and what it means to be a creative baby and toddler caregiver.
When working with babies, toddlers, and families, you are responsible for creating meaningful experiences that blend creativity throughout the day. Being a creative caregiver can be expressed in many ways.
Here are some to consider:
- Use everyday materials that may seem useless to spark Creativity in the newborn care and learning environment.
- Fix space constraints to create a beautiful environment for you and the babies and toddlers in your classroom.
- Track your curiosity.
- Allow yourself to make mistakes.
- Try something new.
- Accept a new or different perspective.
- Embrace diversity.
Creativity allows you to be part of a warm, energetic and nurturing workplace community. It allows you to engage with babies, toddlers, families, and colleagues in many meaningful experiences. Consider the following when engaging babies, toddlers, family, and colleagues in your project.
Involvement with children:
- Bring your interests, questions, and creative experiences to your care settings.
- Show interest and excitement when working with babies and young children. Inspire them to be curious and creative by showing them these qualities yourself. Play with the possibilities and experiment with the kids.
- Use babies and toddlers’ backgrounds, experiences, and interests as inspiration for ideas for creative activities in your newborn care and learning environment.
- Cultivate an atmosphere of curiosity and a love of exploration and experimentation in your classroom. Invite babies and toddlers to discover answers to questions or problems that interest you.
Involvement with family:
- Invite family members to your place and share their creative efforts with babies and toddlers.
- Invite your family to observe and participate in some of your creative experiences and activities.
- Ask families to bring everyday items they don’t need to support your creative experiences with babies and toddlers.
- Encourage families to cultivate exploration and Creativity at home by explaining the developmental benefits of the activity and offering a simple solution. In incorporating learning into their home environment
Involvement with colleagues:
- Share your interests and abilities with colleagues during staff meetings. Lunch break or service day Share how these interests drive some of the experiences you’ve created for the babies and toddlers in your care. Get to know the people you work with on a personal level.
- Exchange ideas with colleagues about experiences that foster Creativity. Invite a colleague to your room. Observe some of your activities and give you feedback Offer to do the same for your coworkers.
- Ask your trainer, coach, or administrator to observe your supervision and learning environment early. So that they can offer their opinions on how to use your creative experiences and materials.
- Acknowledge coworkers who are doing great things. Who gives you constructive advice and suggestions? And those who inspire you to strive for excellence and Creativity.