Challenges of Childcare Workers
Being a Childcare worker can be both challenging, yet highly rewarding. Watching children learn, grow, and become more engaged and social with other children can be an enormous boost, knowing that the work you do is helping not only the kids, but also the parents while they’re at work.
VFA Learning’s Children’s Services Co-ordinator, Karla Gumani, believes that “working as a Children’s services educator is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers.
“Supporting children’s growth and development, providing an environment to scaffold children’s learning, and developing relationships with the children and families are some of the reasons that many people are attracted to the industry.
“No two days are the same and each day presents many opportunities and with it some challenges.”
Working in a Challenging Environment
From huge paperwork requirements, through to minimal administration time, Karla believes that sometimes it’s difficult to balance the workload. “It can sometimes be difficult to balance the administration time with the opportunities to spend quality time with the children, which is of course a Children’s Services educator’s main focus.
“For existing Children’s Services educators, it has been a challenge developing an understanding of the National Quality Framework (a national legislative framework that regulates and monitors childcare services in each state) and embedding the knowledge in to their practice and learning to document in an alternative manner.
Becoming a Childcare Worker
Working in Children’s Services is a great way to make a positive impact on children’s lives, and can lead to many child career pathways. But having the understanding that it’s going to be a major challenge to look after numerous children, while balancing the needs of administration work, is essential in this industry, especially in the formative years of a child’s life.
“It is now recognised that the early years of life are the most important for learning,” says Karla, adding, “That’s when the foundations for the future are laid.
“With a greater emphasis on providing a skilled workforce, children will flourish in rich learning environments which value partnerships with parents and the community.”
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