Welcome to The Early Years Legacy, a website for the Nigerian early years teacher looking to be better, more effective or just to pass the time and pick up one or two useful tips and ideas.
I dare say being an early years teacher in Nigeria feels like being dropped in a maze, blindfolded and given different and sometimes conflicting instructions to find hidden treasures in corners and crevices of the maze. Of course finding these treasures bring immense satisfaction but not without bumping into one brick wall or the other or another fellow. And yes, this brings me to the next point.
Where are you at?
As early years teachers, we might be at different stages of our careers;
– new teachers with absolutely no clue of what you have gotten yourselves into (winks, you’ll be fine);
– an experienced teacher with years under your belt but you have probably lost the steam and fire to go on;
– or probably a teacher going through the routine trying to make ends meet in a financially developing country like ours.
– maybe you are just taking up the job to pass the time before something better comes up.
– On the other hand you might be at the peak of your career where the creative juices are flowing.
Wherever it is that you are at, there’s something here for you. I know how difficult some days are, and how out of place you might feel, but hey, you are in this great profession. And even if it is for a short while, why not give it your best shot? Similarly, if you have been giving it your all for ages, why not keep doing that? You’ll find some inspiration to keep going.
What are you looking for?
It is my hope and desire to provide much needed context based classroom ideas, tips and all things early years to the Nigerian early years teachers. So whatever it is you are looking for from managing workplace relationships to classroom management ideas, keep your eyes glued to this spot.
The Crux of the matter
I believe we have been entrusted with the greatest responsibility as teachers; our children, the next generation. And what great opportunity it is to work with them in their early years; the foundation of their lives. What we make of this opportunity however is to a large extent dependent on us. We might not have the perfect working conditions that we dream of, however, if we give ourselves the chance to stretch farther, dream bigger and enjoy the ride, we might actually surprise ourselves and do much more than we ever thought.
So here it is, a cheers to becoming teachers of impact, of purpose and of passion. Cheers to
“raising up the foundations of many generations”
And in the process leaving a legacy in early childhood care and education in Nigeria and the world at large.