How To Develop Your Emotional Intelligence As A Nursery Teacher

Sonal Ravi Andrews

Sonal Ravi Andrews

Founder, Director & Lead Teacher Trainer

Do you work with young children? If so, your success depends on your emotional intelligence. In this video I discuss three aspects of emotional intelligence and offer tips for developing each one.
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Nursery teaching is one of the most important and rewarding careers out there, but it’s also one of the most challenging. In this video, I’m going to show you how to develop your emotional intelligence so that you can become a successful nursery teacher.

Hey everyone, my name is Sonal Ravi Andrews and in this blog, I’m going to talk about emotional intelligence and how it applies to aspiring and experienced nursery teachers. Nursery teaching is a very demanding career and if you want to be successful, you need to be able to manage your emotions effectively. So stay tuned as I break down what emotional intelligence is and how you can improve yours.

What is emotional intelligence?

First, let’s talk about what emotional intelligence actually is. Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware and understand your own emotions and the emotions of others. It’s about being able to regulate your emotions, respond effectively to emotions in others, and create positive relationships. There are five components of Emotional Intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman.


  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Regulation
  3. Empathy
  4. Internal Motivation
  5. Social Skills


In today’s blog let us explore the first three aspects and how to develop them.

Why is emotional intelligence important for Early Childhood Educators?

Now that we know what emotional intelligence is, let’s talk about why it’s so important for us. Nursery teachers have to deal with a lot of emotions on a daily basis – their own emotions, the emotions of the children they’re teaching, and the emotions of the parents. It’s important for nursery teachers to be able to understand and manage all of these emotions so that they can create a positive learning environment for the children.

How can you develop your emotional intelligence?

There are a few key things that you can do to develop your emotional intelligence.


First, it’s important to be Self- Awareness meaning being aware of our own emotions and how they affect our behaviour. If we’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a few minutes to step away from the situation and collect ourselves. It’s also essential to be positive and upbeat, even when things are tough.


Young children feed from the energy of those around them, so maintaining a positive attitude can go a long way towards creating a happy and productive classroom.


Second, is Self – Regulation meaning regulating our emotions – which means not letting our emotions get the best of us. we have to be able to be patient and calm when the children are being disruptive and rowdy. We also need a lot of energy to keep up with the children. If we can’t handle our emotions, how will children learn to be emotionally mature?


They would be imitating us so, the best way to condition their behaviour is by self-regulating ours.


Finally, Empathy, meaning the ability to respond effectively to the emotions of others. To simplify it further – being able to understand how the children are feeling and what they need. It also means being able to relate with the parents and communicating so that they understand what’s going on in the classroom with their child.


If we can’t manage the emotions of those around us, then being successful as a nursery teacher might be a challenging task.

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Emotional intelligence is a critical skill for any aspiring nursery teacher. By being aware of our own emotions and the emotions of others, we can create a positive learning environment for the children in our care.So if you’re looking to get into nursery teaching, make sure you work on developing your emotional intelligence.


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