Men in Early Childhood Education: My Interview With Daycare Worker Darren Moore by Mike Prochaska
The more men I interview in Early Childhood Education, the prouder I am to be a member of the 3 percent of males working in this field. Next is Darren Moore, a daycare worker who loves working with young children.
Q. How did you get into this field?
“My journey began after I took a redundancy from my previous public sector admin career. I began to help out at my daughter’s preschool and also as a classroom helper in her first few months in kindergarten. I then commenced my diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in mid-2015 and completed the diploma in late November 2016. I began working as a casual in long daycare centers in November 2015 and have been permanent part-time, five days per week since January 2017.”
Q. What do you see as the advantages of having male teachers?
“As a support network for males currently working in the industry. Feedback from parents at my service: as a male role model for children, in particular children who may be lacking a male role model in their life. [And] to increase the amount of quality educators working in the industry.”
Q. Anything else you want to tell us about working with young children?
“Listen to them, advocate for them, be aware of their needs and plan activities and experiences based on their interests. Also, being aware that these interests are ever-changing and you need to incorporate these changes in to your programming and planning.”
Q. What is your favorite memory working with kids?
“I worked directly with a child on the autism spectrum for two days per week over a four- to five-month period. My favorite memory was the feedback from the parents at the end of my time working with the child as they stated that their child had improved in so many different areas and they could see this in the home environment, even if I did not see the improvements in my day to day working with the child.”
Q. What age do you love to work with best?
“Two to 3s closely followed by the 3 to 5 age group.”
Q. Do you have any Facebook pages or a blog you would like to share with us?”
“The Early Childhood Perspectives Facebook page. This page is coordinated by a male preschool room leader and second IC at a long daycare service. He also has a fortnightly podcast which is well worth listening to with topics of interest to anyone working in the sector.”
Q. Anything else you want to share?
“Just how passionate I am about working with young children and advocating for them. It is also great to see so many other educators out there who share the same passion as I do.”
Q. What is your favorite book to read to your class?
“'Where Is the Green Sheep?’ is a favorite, as it allows the children to participate as they are able to describe the colors of each sheep. They also often laugh at some of the sheep such as the train sheep, the swing sheep and the slide sheep.”
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