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Introducing... a friendly online hub packed with the training, resources and professional support you need to become an Empowered, Organised & Confident Early Years Educator!
You get to the beginning of a new week wondering what activities to set up & how to keep them interesting.
You get frustrated trying to meet unrealistic expectations. Somehow you never seem to get on top!
You write observations because you have to but don't know how to make them meaningful or use reflection.
You don't have a support person or mentor to guide you and often feel isolated in your role.
You keep saying you want to make changes to your environment but you don't know where to start.
You don't know whether you are meeting all steps of the planning cycle or what documentation to use.
If you connect with even a few of these statements you already know how difficult it is to ask for answers, tools and support without feeling judged or inadequate as an educator!
Every educator should have the right to ask for helpful feedback & guidance and be able to explore simpler (yet still best practice) ways to do their job in a non judgemental learning space.
You are more than competent, that's not the issue - you just need respect and access to resources, support and training from someone who understands how frustrating yet rewarding this job can be - someone who just tells it like it is and keeps things simple! Someone who doesn't lecture but empowers!
And that's why I created The Empowered Ed Member Hub!
Joining other early childhood educators from around the world in the member Hub will not only help you to connect, grow and share ideas but also enable you to always have access to exclusive Empowered Ed training, monthly program plans, activity guides, printables, e-books and professional tips and strategies that you need to not only simplify and clarify but also to feel empowered, supported and inspired to try new things - without the judgement, without the jargon, without the overwhelm!
Provide Regular Training
Login & watch training videos & webinars on your computer or device when it suits you. Download professional development certificates.
Help You Network & Connect
Join the private Member Only Facebook group to ask Jodie & other members questions, meet new friends and share ideas and support.
Explain the Basics & Essentials
Gain access to the entire collection of popular Empowered Ed Simple Series E-books, toolkit training sessions and printable guides. All the essentials explained simply!
Give You Play Based Programs
Ditch the overwhelm when you begin using the completed weekly program plans already linked to matching activity guides and learning outcomes.
Give You Activity Ideas
You will never be short of an activity idea, invitation to play or DIY resource again when you can access the library of activity guides and select those from a specific learning area focus.
Show you how to get Organised
Download tools & watch training that will help you get on top of basic administration, paperwork, staffing, accounts, policies, portfolios & marketing
I need some questions answered first!
Not at all! The Member Hub includes activities, training and plans for educators working with all ages from 0 - 8 years. There are separate plans for baby & toddler groups, 3-5 years and outside school hours care environments. There is also a plan for mixed age groups 0-8 years - especially useful for those working in family daycare and home schooling environments.
YES! I know many educators still prefer to print, write and file rather than use a computer or device so I've spent a lot of time making sure the member hub is easy to use and the resources are a simple click to download to your own computer. Then you can just print if you prefer to work in hard copies. If you love to work on the computer or device and save on ink and paper then you are also covered! You can save the plans and activity guides then just type into the documents and save, email or upload to the cloud. All you need is an internet connection to login to your member homepage.
Definitely not! The Member Hub has a play based learning focus and although there are more structured factsheets and tools for educators to use for your own professional development the printables, activity guides and plans have been created to ensure children become active and engaged participants in their own learning. Think of the printables as simply tools to invite learning and play - not 'how they must play' or boxes to check off! My aim is to help you find ways to encourage learning through play - whether that is in an outdoor or indoor environment, a centre or home based environment.
No! That would go against everything I want the Member Hub to be for educators! The idea is you take what you need each week - that might be a plan or an activity idea, perhaps a 15 minute training video on something you are struggling with or maybe it's a checklist to print with aim of helping you organise your observations. There is absolutely no need to login everyday and do everything all of the time. You can combine the resources in the hub with what you are already using - whether that is in paper form or online with an app to make everything less time consuming for you.
Because there will be new training videos, webinars, weekly plans, activity guides, ebooks and printables added to the hub every single month! What other educators have to pay separately for which can quickly add up - you will have access to anytime for just one low payment each month! You will also have access to training not available outside of the hub.
Because above all Member Hub is a community and just like children entering a new environment - it can be overwhelming if you are the only new one! So by creating group intake periods throughout the year older members can help new members make the most of the community features and network in the exclusive private members group. We want this to be a vibrant, helpful and friendly community hub not only to help you with planning and activity ideas but also to help you feel less isolated.
You could definitely try and that is certainly an option if you feel you are getting all that you need from surfing educational websites, reading books and interacting in huge Facebook groups to download bits and pieces of free stuff you then have to figure out how to use. I certainly don't want you to purchase something you don't need -that is just wasting my time and yours so I want to make sure you make an informed decision!
But going on the emails and private messages I receive everyday the majority of early years educators have very little time to spare and are already feeling overstretched with a work/life balance that is just not sustainable anymore. By joining the Member Hub you can forget about endless hours searching for that template, activity idea or answer to your question - it's all there in the one place now and you can simply login when it suits you, download what you need, ask a question, talk to other educators or watch a training and download your personalised certificate. I'm confident the hub is worth your time and money because I know I have already helped thousands of educators just like you over the past 5 years with my resources and back to basics style!
Definitely! I regularly have educators and parents from around the world buy my resources, attend my webinars, watch my online course videos and join my Facebook community so no matter where you work you will find value and help for your role in the Member Hub. There are definitely references, links and resources for Australian educators to make working with the Early Years Learning Framework easier but I have made sure to link all activities, plans and videos to general learning areas and current approaches common to all early childhood professionals.
I’ve been sharing play based activities, programming strategies, tips for family day care educators, ideas for outdoor play & environments and more on my website since 2010. I've also been developing and selling resources that save educators time and help them understand the basics for the past 4 years so I'm confident my work connects with educators just like you. The Member Hub includes the same type of content and the down to earth approach I have been sharing for many years online. My ideas, tips and tools have been used by educators around the world - for many different early childhood roles.
I value the level of trust and reputation for helpful resources and advice I have built with fellow educators through my website and social media pages so I am definitely not about making over the top promises to you that I can't keep just to make money!
If you need to know more about me though before you decide if Member Hub is for you visit my website,my Facebook page with over 28,000 followers, my Empowered Ed community group with over 11000 members, my Pinterest page with nearly 49000 followers. I'm pretty sure that many people can't be wrong about my support, ideas and reputation!
The great part about becoming a member is that you’ll be learning not only from me, but from other empowered ed's who’ve simplified their programming, become more organised, developed systems that allow them to now spend more time with the children in their care and ultimately know firsthand that there IS a way to get their mojo back and love their work again. I can't wait for you to get there with us!
I'm Jodie and I have had 30 years hands on experience in the early childhood profession and already supported and mentored thousands of educators with their work through my popular website The Empowered Educator and practical blog posts, activity ideas, factsheets, free e-guides, online training, Facebook Community, webinars and e-books.
I have worked in many different roles across the family services and early childhood professions including Case Manager, Project Officer, FDC Coordinator and educator, Occasional Care, Outside School Hours Care, Family Support Manager, IHC Coordinator, Room Leader, Director, Assistant in centre based care and training facilitator to name just a few so it's likely I have already walked in similar shoes to your own!
I know what is helpful to educators because I am one too!
This isn't yet another online forum for educators to feel judged or inadequate when they ask for feedback on their work or seek help with planning and documentation!
This is a virtual Empowered Ed Community that gives students and educators not only the tools and training to increase their skills, better understand the basics and save time meeting planning requirements.... It also offers a safe space to feel less isolated, to connect with other educators from around the world and to share ideas.
If you are already a member of The Empowered Ed free community group on Facebook you will understand the importance Jodie places on inspiring others - not bringing them down, on empowering educators to learn more in ways that work best for them, on sharing a diverse range of different ideas, environments and perspectives because she recognises that all Ed's have different skill levels, environments and resources to work with.
The difference comes down to an acknowledgement that this role is challenging, not often recognised for its importance and yes, sometimes overwhelming, but becoming a member of the Empowered Ed Hub will change all that as we come together as a community of professionals!
What else is different? What makes the Member Hub essential for early childhood educators like me?
Everything in One Place
You need different resources at different times and you are busy so you need them quickly! We get that and it's why all you need to do is login online and all training videos, weekly plans, activity guides and more are right there at your fingertips!
Simple Plans & Activity Ideas
Planning and documentation is often a source of overwhelm but they don't need to be confusing or complicated! You will save so much time when you can access weekly planners already completed with activities & linked to learning outcomes.
We Walk the Talk
I share what I know is helpful because I have walked in many similar shoes to yours over the past 30 years. I know what it's like to be a student, an assistant, a room leader, a coordinator, FDC educator, a director....so the training and tools in the hub come from REAL experience. I know what works.
Live Monthly Webinars
Forget about paying constantly for single webinars! Members will not only have access to a growing collection of short training videos - you also receive a seat at the monthly live webinar or you can just watch the recording later as part of your monthly member fee.
Playful Learning Planning Focus
All materials, ebooks, training, planners and activity guides have been developed with a play based learning focus at the core. The outside environment is also recognised as an important learning space & included throughout content.
Cancel Membership Anytime
I have no doubt that you are going to find the Empowered Ed Member Hub worth every cent of your monthly subscription when you see how much time and stress it saves you but if for any reason you decide to leave you can cancel your membership at any time. No hidden fees!
The EE Member Hub is a new home for early childhood educators of different skill levels, roles and early learning environments to come together to collaborate, learn, inspire and network in a private, supportive and authentic environment online!
Is this your space to belong, to be inspired, to get answers to your questions, to become more confident and less stressed as an Educator?
The Empowered Ed Member Hub has been created especially for early years educators who recognise the importance of play based learning and want to access the support, guidance and tools to help them create playful environments & active learning experiences without the overwhelm or over the top documentation.
Member content is suitable for those educators in the following roles:
Program Planners, Activity Guides, Forward Planning, Communication, Reflection & Observation Templates all come together to create a time saving system that not only helps you spend less time on paperwork but also guides you towards a better understanding of the planning cycle and how to use documentation meaningfully and efficiently - banishing wasted time, effort and outside hours admin!!
Choose a Weekly Planner
1. Pick a done for you plan from the Baby & Toddler, 3-5 years, Multi age or OSHC sections.
2. Choose what day you want to do the activities already on the plan.
3. Add your chosen activities to the blank plan along with your own focus & spontaneous activities.
Choose Matching Activity Guides
1. Check icon on each guide that will tell you the corresponding learning area and age.
2. Match activity guide number to the one listed on the weekly planner.
3. Use the additional extension ideas if required. Print or Save.
Prep Environment & Materials
1. Check the activity guides for any materials needed for chosen activities.
2. Use the handy shopping list planner
3. Prep what you can ahead of time.
4. Use the DIY guides to make own resources and save money!
Play, Observe & Reflect
Use the member hub templates, tools and training to help you complete meaningful observations and brief but useful reflections.
Analyse & Extend Learning
Use the forward planning templates and strategies in the hub to link everything together and show evidence of your documentation cycle.
Save Documents or Print
Keep all your hard work easily accessible by simply saving documents to your computer files, uploading to the cloud or printing & filing in folders.
ENROLMENTS OPEN AGAIN SOON!
I'm looking forward to working with you inside the Member Hub doors so that I can help you gain back more time, spend less time second guessing yourself and remind you why you wanted to work with children in the first place. It was NOT for the paperwork!