SEVEN REASONS WHY WORKING IN CHILDCARE IS SO REWARDING
There’s no doubt that working in childcare can have its challenges, but it’s also one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Here are seven reasons why early childhood educators love their jobs.
Play a role in children’s development
As many parents will tell you, one of the most rewarding parts of spending your day with children is watching how they learn, grow and develop. Early childhood educators get to play a pivotal role in helping children master new skills and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the pride on a child’s face when they finally achieve something they’ve been working hard at. Early childhood educators are specially trained to support children’s development, and their understanding of child psychology and cognition makes developmental advancements all the more exciting to witness.
Build trust and relationships
Starting childcare can be an anxious time for both children and their parents. For many children, it’s the first time they’ve been away from their parents for an extended period of time. The process of gaining a child’s trust and helping them to feel safe and comfortable can be very challenging but so rewarding. Every early childhood educator knows how great it feels when a child that was previously anxious or upset runs happily into the centre, keen to connect with their favourite educator and their peers. Early childhood educators are also highly valued and appreciated by the grateful parents who entrust their children to their care.
Experience the fun
While early childhood educators put in plenty of hard work to help support children’s development and build their trust, there are also lots of funny moments to break up the day. Anyone who has spent time around toddlers and young children knows they can come out with some hilarious sound bites. From their thought-provoking questions like “why don’t elephants have wings?“ to their heart-warming comments like “you have the most beautiful face in the world“, there’s never a dull moment working in childcare.
Positive work environment
When you work in childcare, not only do you get to spend your day with children, you also work side-by-side with like-minded, dedicated colleagues. You work collaboratively as a team to help get the best out of the children and learn from each other’s strengths, strategies and experience. What’s more, the camaraderie of working together towards a common goal can lead to lifelong friendships.
There’s no need to worry about getting called in for a late-night or a weekend shift when you work in childcare. If you have children in school, preschool or day-care, you’ll likely find it fairly easy to make work fit into your schedule. Childcare also offers flexible shifts so you can customise your workweek to suit your family or lifestyle commitments. What’s more, if you have day-care aged children, they can attend the centre where you work, making drop-offs a breeze!
Childcare is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field and working hands-on with children will allow you to continuously grow and develop as an educator. You’ll come across a wide range of personalities, learning styles and behavioural traits over the years and you’ll notice yourself developing new strategies, ideas and approaches which will continue to serve you throughout your career.
When you work with children, you are shaping the minds that will go on to influence the community in which you live. The children you work with will grow up to be active members of the community and it can be a real joy to see a former student all grown up and thriving at school or beyond. The relationships you make with families can also help you feel connected to your local community.
The staff at Heritage House love spending their days shaping minds, supporting emotions and creating fun for our children. We've been operating for over 25 years and are determined to offer the highest standard of early learning education and development, allowing children to flourish and developing skills in educators who love their job! If you want to learn more about career opportunities at Heritage House please visit our careers page.