I worked back when ratios were 5 0-2yrs : 1 qualified (diploma) like myself.
It was challenging but you Just learn to do tasks quickly and yo juggle. Im thinking of when i had a 12wk old and 4 who were between 15mnths-2.
Things like. ..baby into a bouncer where you can see from bathroom and room. Change the older ones etc. Usually you can call for help if you need for a bit. I could always have called the director.
You know the children well so you know if you can wizz in for 2 mins while you can still see and hear while they are playing etc.
It really is more than babysitting. You need to document the children's development and follow national curriculum (eylf), there's alot of planning/programming/observation/reflection.
Theres so many opportunities for learning during the day and it's an educators responsibility to expand on things and to inspire the children to experiment and investigate and try to succeed.
This time around I want to really do my research. I know people say that often you fall into the right role but at 43 I don't think I have the time to mess about hoping I get things right by studying what interests me. I've good analysis skills so going to try and use them to really research options before I study or look for work.
At least having that bit of uni experience and practical has helped you move on before you were too invested? Could you spend some time thinking about what aspects of that experience you enjoyed and what you didn't as a starting point for finding an alternative course?
I'm finding youtube helpful in that there are lots of videos of people talking about different careers / a day in the life of X etc. I've no experience with OT so I find these helpful to get some insight into what the job would really be like. I'm not looking for a dream job / find something I'm super passionate about, I just want variety and a challenge and not get bored. Mostly I'm scared if I don't study I'll end up working in retail or dull office job. I've done those and the boredom was so awful. Especially some temp roles where they need admin help to cover leave but there's only an hours worth of work to do! Tho that was 15 years ago probably not the same now most people can type their own correspondence?
Mrs Tickle (15-07-2016)
I did a BA in design right out of school. completed it and was invited to do ho ours which I briefly started then never went back to. drifted for a couple of years then went back and did a BComm and now work as an accountant. is it my burning passion? no. but after carrying $35k in student for longer than i care to remember, I can't really afford to go back and start a third degree. I'm glad I've always finished the degrees I've started, at least I can say I have 2 degrees, not 1.67 degrees lol
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