Child care is a rewarding sector for those who work in it, but it definitely comes with its own set of challenges.
- Short opening hours
This is a common gripe among parents who work long hours. But child care workers have lives too!
It’s important for parents to do their homework. Child care centres don’t make exceptions based on one family’s needs. Their opening hours are part of a business model that works for a particular demographic. Smaller day care centres might be open earlier and later to give parents enough time to do the drop-off and pick-up while they’re working full-time. Larger franchises with a corporate head office might not have the same flexibility.
- Sub-par equipment
Child care furniture is an essential that some providers don’t see as a necessary expense. But in the end they’ll spend more money fixing and replacing the cheap versions.
Child care equipment should be built to last. Kids are rough when they play and anything less than tough is going to break quickly. Good equipment needs to be checked against a battery of safety standards before it gets shipped out of the warehouse. This includes testing the tensile strength and washing away chemicals from the manufacturing process.
- Lack of manners
This pet peeve comes from the carers. Sick children is a big one. Child care is ‘ground zero’ for flu season. Though staff do their best to make sure their charges are healthy, it doesn’t take long before the cold spreads. This all starts with parents, knowing their child is sick and dropping them off anyway because they ‘can’t afford’ to skip work.
Another one is being late for the pick-up, and that leads to our next point…
Child care workers are underpaid but love their jobs. So a sincere thank-you at the end of the day is much appreciated. Parents forget that in between tending to a dozen children, staff are constantly cleaning, organising child care furniture after some messy fun, and organising excursions.
- Watching kids grow
Children’s development has been the object of fascination of science for years. But on a more basic level, child care workers love it just as much because they’re making important contributions. Helping children read books, watching them make a castle out of loose parts and playing make believe are all precious moments they relish.
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