Look the Part
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Is Your Appearance at Work Professional?
Just how professional can you look when you spend your days sitting
on the floor with children, making playdough, painting, changing
diapers, and serving food? Dressing in a comfortable style that allows
for active movement and messy activities doesn’t mean you can’t look
professional. Whether you like it or not, others tend to quickly judge
you based on your outward appearance. A strong professional look
gives early childhood educators the credibility they deserve. It prob-
ably wouldn’t make sense for you to wear business attire while work-
ing with children, but wearing ill-fitting sweats covered in food stains
doesn’t make sense either; such a look robs you of your credibility.
Do You Look the Part?
So how do you dress professionally yet in a way that allows you
to actively engage with little ones? The standards for professional
appearance will vary based on your program’s culture. Your admin-
istrators, along with other governing bodies such as your board or
employee sponsor, will help determine guidelines for acceptable dress
Does all this talk about dress seem a little silly? Not when you con-
sider that others are more likely to treat you like a professional when
you look like a professional. Do you dress to impress? You should.