Here are five self-care strategies every Educator should know. Working with children can be a rewarding and fulfilling career, but it can also be incredibly demanding and stressful. Most Educators are often so focused on taking care of their children that they forget to take care of themselves.

Whether you’re a seasoned Educator or just starting your career in childcare, these tips will help you nourish your mind, body, and soul, and help you to prioritise your well-being. 

1. Find a positive work culture 

Look for a workplace that aligns with your values, respects your boundaries, and cares about your life outside of work. When you feel valued and supported, you will be happier and more fulfilled at work and in your personal life.

2. Be supportive and accept support 

Offer your time, knowledge, and resources to support your colleagues and ask for help when you need it. Communicate with those around you if you need help to solve a problem or just need someone to listen. 

3. Enjoy your workday 

Children have a real zest for life, and working with them is so much fun! Incorporate activities that you and the children can enjoy into your program, such as reading, yoga, or dancing with the children. 

4. Know your “why” 

Working in an early childhood setting can be stressful, but when we stop and think about why we chose to work with children in the first place it can help to build our resilience and coping skills.

5. Seek help when you need it 

It’s okay to not be okay. Being able to acknowledge when you need help and reach out to those around you for support will make a big difference. Here is a list of places available to help you or someone you know.



By prioritising self-care, Educators can not only improve their own well-being but also enhance their ability to excel in their roles. So, take a deep breath, practice some self-compassion, and remember to make time for yourself – you deserve it.

  • Need a pep talk? Read this blog about how Early Childhood Educators make a difference. 
  • You might also like to read this blog on finding your work family.