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Strategies For Creating A Cohesive Team Culture

Establishing strategies that support a cohesive team culture is an essential part of management. Gain a clear understanding of each team members' communications style. Create individual and program goals, develop a team mission statement and learn the importance of setting aside time to connect with each team member. Understand the power of reflection and the importance of acknowledging team effort on a regular basis. These are all effective management strategies that support teamwork.


The Reasons Why

Professional Conduct

  • Attitude (towards children, families and coworkers)

  • Be punctual (arrive 10-15mins before the start of your shift)

  • Comply with the centre’s confidentiality policy

  • Dress code

  • Remember that you are not only representing yourself but the centre when you are not working

Setting The Stage for Effective Communication

  • Owners, managers, supervisors and educators need to figure out how they can be good listeners with fellow team members, parents, community partners and colleagues

  • How do you handle a situation when someone approaches you and wants to talk about a concern or an idea?

  • Are you ready to listen and give that person your undivided attention at that moment?

  • How can you set the situation up for success?

Building Relationships Based on Trust with Team Members

  • Would you consider this to be a priority in your interactions with fellow team members?

  • Are you mindful of other team member’s thoughts, ideas and opinions?

  • Do you take other people's feelings into account when you are sharing your thoughts, ideas and opinions?

  • How can you make sure that others feel respected by you in your daily practice as an educator?

Developing a Personal Goal

  • Come up with one area that you would like to work on in your daily practice as an educator, supervisor or administrator

  • What professional development do you think might help you in this area?

  • What support do you feel that you might need from you supervisor or manager?

  • Are there any barriers standing in the way of you obtaining this goal?


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ECE Workshops for Individuals

Inspired ECE understands that not everyone can participate in our professional development workshops as part of a group or team. We do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. Periodically, we run ECE workshops for a group of individuals when we have enough interest.

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Julie Hansen, Early Childhood Educator, Consultant and Author

Julie Hansen

Early Childhood Educator, Consultant and Author

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I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 24 years, having received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Douglas College. Since then, I have gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: Director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs and centre management. My primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. I have had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. My goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals in providing high-quality early learning experiences for children and families.


ECE Publications

Canadian Child Care Federation
Canadian Child Care Federation
Urban Baby & Toddler Magazine
The Early Childhood Educator BC
The Early Childhood Educator BC


Management and leadership courses offered by an Early Childhood Educator truly is a gift in this line of work. Julie Hansen’s insight and understanding of childcare and early learning dynamics developed my skills and confidence as a manager. Her ideas are innovative, thoughtful and easy to implement for myself and my team. I enjoyed my one to one coaching calls, team workshops and leadership series I have taken with Julie. I recommend her to any new or veteran ECE or ECE Manager.

À:lmèlhàwtxw Early Education Centre - Stó:lō Service Agency

We were blown away by how amazing Julie's Skype workshop was! She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about early childhood education.

Assistant Director
Oakbank Kids Korner Co-op Inc.

I would recommend Julie Hansen, Inspired ECE to anyone in the Early Childhood Education field! Julie has been a positive influence in my life with all of her workshops and resources. Julie has so much knowledge of all of the areas of Early Childhood Education and quality early learning experiences. I always walk away with something new and many ideas to take back to my own programs after attending a workshop with Julie . I've also done a consultation with Julie regarding recruiting ECE's and she had so much advice to offer. Thanks to Julie's advice, I was able to hire not one but TWO Educators for my center. If you're looking for professional development opportunities and/or professional consulting, I highly recommend connecting with Julie! 


Early Childhood Educator
Colour My World Childcare

Thank you Julie for sharing your wisdom, time and resources with me.
I truly appreciate it.

Early Childhood Educator

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