Teacher’s love for students
Boyi Yan, 27, is an early childhood teacher at Talented Tots Childcare, on West Coast Rd.
Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. It is a quite a large city in in the east China region with a total population around 8,000,000 - almost twice the size of of New Zealand’s population. Nanjing is freezing cold during winter and very hot and humid during summer. I have so many precious memories in Nanjing which I will never forget. It’s totally different from the life in New Zealand which is very busy and fast-paced.
What do you do as a childhood educator?
As part of the teaching team, I create plans based on particular indoor and outdoor areas. I set up activities that foster and support children’s interests and knowledge, activities that challenge them and allow them to work together to build assurance and understanding. I am also responsible for language development through storytelling, role play, songs and evaluate children’s progress regularly.
You obviously must love kids - what do you love most
‘‘It doesn't matter how bad my mood is, talking to a child helps me be at peace. ’’
It doesn’t matter how bad my mood is, talking to a child helps me be at peace. They are so adorable with their unselfish love, pure heart, innocence and curiosity... when they say they love me, I feel like all my work is worth it.
What are some misconceptions about your job?
Some of people think our job is easy - just to play with children. It’s not easy at all because there are so many responsibilities when it comes to looking after children. It’s not only about their learning, but their health, safety and life.
What’s the best part about what you do?
One of the most heart warming benefits of being an early childhood educator is watching our young children learn and achieve. Getting positive feedback from our parents also makes me feel valued.
What characteristics do you want your students to have before they leave for primary school?
To be open and honest, I want them to always be passionate about their interests.
What’s the most challenging part of your work?
Meeting each and every one of my children’s needs. This is my first permanent teaching job, it was both exciting and scary when I started. I was frustrated during the first few months but I now spend a lot of time thinking and creating activities for my students.
Is it hard saying goodbye to children who are leaving for primary school?
It is hard to see them leave but I am also happy for them. I miss them because they touch my heart every day, even when they are driving me crazy sometimes. Early childhood is the most rewarding years to teach because you see the most academic and physical growth during this time.
What are your favourite activities with your students?
Creative activities with the children like art work and handcrafts. I also like bringing my language and culture to them, some of them would greet me in Chinese.
When you’re not working, what do you love doing?
I enjoy travelling, getting to know places, people and experiences I’ve never had before. After work, I like going to the gym and taking part in sports.