My name is Glacy and Im based in Canberra. Ive been the Ed Leader at my service for a few months now (New Service). Myself, the director, assistant director and other educators have a dilemma around how to approach and guide this particular educator who we actually adore. He's been in the sector as a diploma qualified educator yet some of his practice make us cringe. For example he is forceful with children by grabbing their arms and counting to 3 to go the bathroom but these have been addressed and have had conversations with him that we follow respectful practice in our service and he seemed to have taken my advise.
Now another thing that he is not listening to us is forcing group times, he literally wants all; children even the ones that are busy to stop playing once he plays the transition song, he wants up to 30 children to sit in front of him read a book, then have lunch and go to bed all at the same time!
We have spoken to him that this is not the direction out service wants to go to yet he still insist on doing it.
This educator is loved by families and children. He is sweet and talented - he is a gymnast and knows sign language! So we dont really want to go Performance Management since with COVID19 and all our service is understaffed and cant afford to loose another educator.
Does anyone have any strategies on how to have that difficult conversation with him about changing his outdated practice?