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9 Reasons Why I Love Working In Early Childhood Education and Care

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This blog post was written by Stephanie E. Stephanie is a child care trainer from Inspire Education and has many years of experience training new child care educators and working in childcare facilities.

How and why I got into Early Childhood Education and Care (Long Day Care) begins with a story:

I was about 21 when I started in the childcare industry, and I have previously been working for a big, BIG debt collection company since I was 18 when I decided I’ve had enough.

What I hated about the job was the disconnect I had with people (I was in a call-centre type environment surrounded by technology and loud phone calls daily); sure, I made contact with them, but it wasn’t for a positive reason.

Also, a lot of people I spoke to were ones that I couldn’t actually help – they were undergoing their own troubles in life and I was limited to what I could say or do due to my role.

How a child made me realize it was time to switch careersteacher in an education setting teaching art to children

I have always been one of those weirdos that decorated their desk in an insane manner – I had toys scattered everywhere, wooden carvings of animals going up around the edge of my monitors, fluffy colourful pens, etc. When I made the decision to change careers, I was discussing it with a friend who had just had their first child.

We were in her house and she was holding her little one, when she offered me to hold her baby in which I had no clue how to react. I had never been around young children, let alone held one.

When her daughter was in my arms I felt awkward, but then I thought about how they would grow up in a household that was loving, spunky and nurturing. It was then I thought that maybe working with young children would be my way of making a difference.

For the love of the job and the love of children

So, without further ado, here is why I like working in childcare:

1. The children are always the No. 1 reason.

Every child is unique and that is an understatement.  They can make you laugh, cry and even pull your hair out. But it’s not on purpose and you will always come back because they are the ones who need the most care in this world.

2. Creativity, craziness and company.

I was almost soulless by the time I left debt collection, but being in a stimulating, bright and colourful environment allowed me to resurrect my creativity and bring out my inner child.

3. The interactions are of genuine value.

Children LOVE having company – and it’s mostly either for a playful or nurturing purpose – not for spite, or not because they have to. It’s an interaction you can take enjoyment and real comfort from, and an added bonus is it’s what you do for a living!

4. There is always so much to learn

I love to learn new things – working with children was, and still is a HUGE learning experience. No one child is the same (neither their backgrounds, etc.) and even though some of the things you cover in your qualifications can seem a bit outdated (theories, etc.), it doesn’t mean you can’t take on a new perspective towards them.

5. The ‘team’ is always in the centre

Granted each workplace has its ups and downs, but in a childcare environment you will find that the people you work with are like family…kooky and sometimes awkward, but overall supportive.

6. A sense of communitychildcare educator with her students

Other jobs, particularly those in an office, can be quite restrictive on who you interact with. In ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care), your role involves speaking with pretty much everyone as its crucial in doing right by the children you care for. Developing relationships and expanding your social circle has never been so simple!

7. The variation in shifts (The 9-5 workday can get boring)

Most centres are open for about 11 to 12 hours, so there is some wiggle room to move with regards to when you can work. The centres I’ve worked with have been supportive in allowing me to have the full range of shifts, and also to work with as many of the other staff as possible (as a float).

8. A chance to educate others – both children and adults.

In ECEC you aren’t only teaching children, you are also teaching other people you work with, the parents and the community what they may not know about their children and littler members of the society.

9. At the end of the day (every day)… you have made a difference. ‘Nough said.

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