My educator, creator of memories and much more!Within each family, children grow up to become unique individuals, developing attachment relationships with mom and dad, and bonding with other family members. In addition, today, most children under the age of 5 attend an early childhood centre (CPE), which, after the family, is the environment with the most influence on their development. These microsystems also allow them to create emotional bonds, to blossom and grow. Indeed, children benefit greatly from relationships outside the family, including caring educators whom they can trust and playmates who sometimes become great friends. In Quebec, the majority of educators working in early childhood centres are trained educators, professionals who have received a college diploma in early childhood education techniques. As part of their training, educators acquire knowledge about child development, pedagogy, interventions and activities to be recommended, in addition to developing a general culture. They also learn the importance of working in collaboration with parents, an essential element in promoting children's development. Most studies show that the quality of educators' training is essential to promote children's development and contributes to better educator-child relations. Trained educators are better able to respond to children's needs, are able to lead stimulating activities and offer adapted challenges. Within a quality educational environment, the educators are caring, attentive to the needs of the children, while being empathetic. The importance of the educator-child relationship The educator plays a key role in the lives of children. A child who spends several hours a week at the CPE will develop an attachment relationship with his or her educator. For toddlers, the more time spent with the same educator, the more secure the attachment relationship will be. In order to develop this relationship, the educators make sure to give personalized and warm care to the children. They are the ones who make sure that their needs are met by, for example, making the diaper change pleasant and guiding the children towards autonomy. Studies show that the quality of the educator-child relationship also contributes to the development of the child's social, language and academic skills. Finally, a quality child-educator relationship acts as a protective factor for children in the face of stress. The roles of the educator For the child, the educator is a significant adult who contributes to his or her well-being, stimulates his or her development and promotes learning. When a relationship of trust is established between parents and educators, children quickly feel the benefits and reap many advantages. For families, the educator plays an important role in the children's lives, in addition to providing a safe and trusting environment, she creates memories. In addition to being a creator of memories, the educator becomes an attachment figure, a reference, and frequently, the welcoming arms that are so comforting. The educator is often present to rock the sick person, humming a soft lullaby. As a bonus, she lets the child wipe his runny nose on his sleeve and shows him how to use a handkerchief and blow hard, one nostril at a time. She serves as a role model to help the child develop healthy lifestyle habits and adopt good hygiene habits. The educator is the one who encourages the child to clean up his mess on his own and helps him to be proud of himself. She allows the child to try to do things himself, encourages him to develop his autonomy and confidence. The educator arranges the indoor and outdoor environment to encourage learning and discovery, while allowing children to take up challenges that are worthy of them. The educator is also a facilitator, who invites the child to dip his hands in the paint and create an original work of art. She also dances in the rain with the children, laughs and sings under the watchful eyes of the little ones. She is the one who animates the books, transforms herself into a monster or a crocodile and tells stories while teaching the children new words. The educator is very often a guide, leading the child to make discoveries. She sets up winning conditions to develop the child's spirit of curiosity. The educator is an important person who has a crucial impact on children's lives. She is a partner for the families and also contributes to the well-being of the parents. She is there to reassure them that everything is going to be fine after they leave and will be available when they return, to share tasty anecdotes involving the children. The educator is the one who posts the pictures of the day's wonderful moments and loves to tell the children's stories of accomplishment, while marvelling at their abilities. The educator is a creator of memories, but much more! She plays a fundamental role in the lives of children and families. Have you thought about thanking those you meet? Thank you to the educators, creators of memories.