Importance of Effectve Communication for Early Childhood Educators

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Communication: the essential life skill.

Effective communication, as defined by Courtney (2009) “is a two-way process: sending the right message that is also being correctly received and understood by the other person/s. For communication to be effective, it is important to understand how the people you are interacting with may interpret your message”. Early childhood educators are required to have effective communication skills as they need to communicate on a daily basis with their students, co-workers and the parents of their students, each requiring different styles of communication. Good communication skills are an essential life skill, and a young student beginning to learn this skill would require their educator to be capable of
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An educator’s effective communication skills will also allow them to have control over the class they are teaching, therefore spending less time on disciplining students and more time teaching them (Parker 2011). Elliot (2006) wrote in a memoir of her childhood teacher:
She always sounded as if she knew what she was saying and had meant to say exactly that and nothing else… When she spoke, everyone stopped what they were doing and listened (Elliot, 2006, pp 55,56).
An educator with confidence and effective communication skills will always have the attention of their students and will be able to dedicate their time to the syllabus and at the same time teach them the importance of good listening skills. An educator would also undoubtedly come across children from non-English speaking backgrounds that are just beginning to learn the English language. An educator’s effective communication skills would be necessary in this situation for two reasons: to communicate with the student in a way that the student clearly understands, and to demonstrate the English language to the student in a way that the student can easily grasp it. This may mean speaking in a way that is exaggerated or slower than usual and may also mean using words that are less complex than usual if the student is not ready to absorb a more extensive vocabulary. Effective communication skills would

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