Look the Part
Shoes Ever try to catch a preschooler on the run or a toddler darting for the park-
ing lot? Having on a pair of “sensible shoes,” as my husband would call them,
is an early childhood must. You spend a great deal of time on the go, inside
and out. When it comes to shoes, safety counts. Just remember that sensible
doesn’t necessarily mean unattractive.
What’s the best shoe for the job? Preferably a sneaker or something like it.
With so many styles to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding some-
thing. What are you looking for? Shoes that
Provide foot support because you are moving about
Have a sole that prevents slipping
Have a soft sole to avoid hurting little fingers on the floor
Are flat or have a low heel
Cover the entire foot
What shoes should you save for after work?
Flip-flops and sandals
Shoes with slippery soles
Name tags can add a great deal of professionalism and benefit to any pro-
gram. Relationships build more quickly when people can call others by name.
It’s your job to know the names of all the children in your care and their par-
ents, and you want them to know your name too. Name tags make that easy.
Name tags can also
Identify you as an employee
Help other people learn your name more easily
Indicate your job by including your title
Highlight years of experience, degrees, or accreditation
Provide sight words for children
being a professional