That’s the verdict from kindergarten children at Goodstart Little Mountain Mark Road West, when they were asked to appraise the performance of the centre’s staff.
Luckily for Miss Kirsten, her difficulties were well and truly offset by skills in opening the door, fixing stuff and, for one particular child “helping when I need to share with Frank’.
The children’s honesty in their responses created many smiles among staff and families at the centre but as kindergarten teacher Suzy Fletcher explained, there was a serious side to the exercise as well.
“We place a lot of value in building our children’s sense of belonging and agency, so we asked them for their feedback to get their perspective on our people and program,” Miss Fletcher said.
“Providing this sort of feedback helps children to reflect on the different roles we all play in the centre, and understand that they have rights and they are heard.”
The highlights of the feedback include:
What do you like about your teacher?
- She is so nice
- She takes us outside
- She gives us cuddles
- She plays with me a lot
- She is good at looking for birds
- I love her
- She stops us climbing the fence
- Opening the fridge
- Building sandcastles
- Riding bikes
- Fixing stuff
- Doing roly polys
- Making paper planes
- Sometimes she doesn’t cut properly
- The obstacle course
- She makes me very, very, very happy
- She plays with me all the time
- She gives us hugs
- She helps me when I need to share with Frank
“Considering our program from the children’s perspective helps us to stay focused on being child-led and ensure children are engaged and developing a love of learning.”