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Influential Women in the Early Childhood Education Sector: Elicia Bingham

By Pikka Turangan on Nov 21, 2021 3:30:00 PM

We may not always realise it but the educators in each childcare centre are the backbone of every child’s development, growth and wellbeing. Where would our children be without them? 

Taking some time to appreciate the dedicated educators in the sector, we interviewed Elicia Bingham, Centre Manager from Lane Cove West Montessori Academy (NSW, Australia) to understand her passion in early childhood education. 

We may not always realise it but the educators in each childcare centre are the backbone of every child’s development, growth and wellbeing. Where would our children be without them? 

Taking some time to appreciate the dedicated educators in the sector, we interviewed Elicia Bingham, Centre Manager from Lane Cove West Montessori Academy (NSW, Australia) to understand her passion in early childhood education. 

Elicia Bingham's Experience
What does Early Education mean to you as an educator? Why this career path? 

“Early Education means we are here to educate our future generations and make a positive impact on their lives. It is a means for us to be creative, caring, and adaptive. We as educators, get to guide these little ones as they explore the world around them. We get to teach children how to deal with emotions, have manners, problem-solve, and be independent in preparing for school and the outside world. We can also teach and broaden what matters most to them, including what their interests are at the time. Children also develop strong friendships at such a young age, which is guided by us as educators. 

I chose this career path when I was in high school. I knew it was what I wanted to do once I graduated. My career has blossomed over the last nine years working with children and I can’t wait to see what more the future holds for my career.” 

How important is it for children to experience education in the first five years of life? 

“It is extremely important. This is the time of children’s lives where they are so eager to learn. They learn to sit, crawl, walk, talk, cry, read, become independent, learn to love and so much more. Children can experience so many positive interactions during this time, which will help them develop in school and in life. 

The best part about Montessori Education is that children are free to choose activities that speak to their interests. It could be as simple as learning how to button up a shirt or polish shoes (part of the Practical Life Curriculum), and these activities are always accessible in the Montessori-prepared environment. Educators like myself will provide gentle guidance to allow them to unlock skills at their own pace.” 

What are your favourite milestones to experience as an educator? 

“One of my favourite milestones would be the physical development of an infant. It’s amazing to see a baby crawl and walk for the first time. My heart feels so full when a child unlocks an important developmental milestone while in our care. 

 Another favourite milestone would be cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving). In a Montessori setting, a child would watch an educator present an intuitive Montessori learning material, which they would mirror and practice after. Watching a child master an activity and watching them think critically and problem solve with minimal guidance is out of this world. It’s so rewarding to know that you have contributed to their journey to independence.” 

We know that some days can be hard as an educator, how do you persevere through that? 

“I have a relaxed personality that helps me to stay calm in tough situations. It’s important to keep your cool because both children and your fellow educators can feel when you are tense. While the role may present its occasional challenges, sometimes you just need to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and step back into things. It also helps when you have a fantastic team; you can bounce off each other to share support and reassurance when needed. It also helps to practice gratitude and remind yourself that every day you show up for children in your community, is another day of you making the future a brighter place.” 

What are some encouraging words you can tell those who are wanting to become educators in the future? 

“Working in childcare is the most rewarding job. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you have made a positive impact on so many lives. When you walk through the classroom door and children welcome you with laughter and hugs, it truly means the world. There is a promising glimmer in their eyes; they adore you and appreciate the opportunities that you provide for them. When they proudly show you their achievements (guided by you), it is just an amazing feeling.  If you ever have the opportunity to teach young children, make sure to give it your all because it will be the best thing you could do.”

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Pikka Turangan

Written by Pikka Turangan

Pikka Turangan is an experienced marketer with a demonstrated history of working in the childcare industry. She is highly skilled in communications, copywriting, marketing strategy, campaign management, and event management. Pikka received her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a focus in Marketing from Queensland University of Technology. She serves as the Marketing Manager for ChildcareCRM's Australian market.

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