This article addresses children’s perspectives on their preschool educators. The study considers encounters between educators and children and discusses how teacher’s role and interaction behavior may affect child wellbeing. Eleven children visited their former preschools and were encouraged to share narratives of their preschool educators. The analysis points to four categories of teacher roles (the mentor, the controller, the nurturer and the playmate), and a model is suggested depicting the teacher roles in a matrix, depending on their interaction behavior. Educators might use different strategies in order to support child wellbeing depending on the role and their interaction behavior.

Keywords: Educator/teacher role, Child perspectives, Child-teacher relationship, Well-being, Early Childhood Education and Care/preschool