I have been thinking about training to work in a child care setting, but DH says the pay is awful and the working conditions are as well.
Is he right?
What has been your experience?
The 'what do you do for work?' thread prompted me to ask the question, but I've been wondering for a while
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30-06-2012 21:35 #1
*sort of spin off* do you work in child care?
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30-06-2012 21:56 #2
I worked in long daycare for 3 years and have been a nanny for 4 years.
Yes the pay is average. I think childcare is a job you do because you love it.
It's hard work but extremely rewarding if it's what you want to do.
Eta - long daycare that is. Nannying is very different but also a job you need to love doing
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30-06-2012 21:59 #3Senior Member
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You are not just limited to work in childcare once you have qualification in early years.
Working for local or state gov often pays well and provides fantastic training and development opportunities as well as great packages.
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30-06-2012 22:00 #4
I worked at a childcare centre..I got about $19 an hour as a casual. The work is hard, and all the women do is either talk sh!t about each other behind each others backs or ignored me completely! I found it very frustrating. I could just have been unlucky though and gotten a crap bunch of women to work with
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30-06-2012 22:02 #5
Sadly your hubby is right. The pay is awful even at qualified or director positions and the working conditions are much tougher than lots of other industries. You get you breaks when you are told and not usually at the same time each day. You can't just grab a coffee or snack when it suits like some office type jobs. You are dealing with families that can have a hard time leaving their child so you can end up dealing with lots of tears or frustration because you can't do things exactly the way the child's routine is at home ( e.g if 5 babies are crying you can't comfort them/feed them all at once or you can't nurse a baby to sleep because you need to put the others to sleep/feed/comfort them too). It's a female dominated industry so can be quite *****y.
Having said that it's one of those jobs you do because you love it. Child care is a job you love or hate and there's not much grey area in between.it can be hugely rewarding to be part of young children's lives and develop that special bond with them. Some children will come 5 days a week from babies through to kindy age and it's so special to be such a huge part of their early years.
30-06-2012 22:02 #6
I love kids, especially groups of kids. I have been thinking of a million things to do when my kids go to school, but child care is the one thing I keep coming back to and the one thing I *know* I would be good at!
I think DH is just worried about the money side of things more than anything. Sigh !
30-06-2012 22:02 #7
I've recently finished my Diploma in children's services.
The pay for a 1st year Dip qualified is about $20/hr, so not great pay for what we actually do as an early childhood Educator. If your Cert 3 qualified you'd be paid about $16/17 per hour.
But we do the job because we have a passion for caring and educating the youngest of our children.
Not all centres are of high quality or they just won't suit you. Sometimes it can take a few centres until you find one that suits you. As with any business, you can find some bosses are crappier than others.
It also helps to have good teamwork with the other staff especially in the room you work in.
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30-06-2012 22:04 #8
Wow, lots of replies as I was typing.
Thank you all
30-06-2012 22:04 #9Senior Member
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I used to work in childcare long day care before and after school care and in childcare centres.
I loved my job i didn't like my boss but the group leaders i was always with were really nice.
I was a causal so may be different to you i got paid about $21-$22 dollars an hr.
But yes i got to write about the children's day set out activities yes long days and your back and legs ache by the end but i loved it and was worth it.
Some parents are rude i not going to say they are all lovely they disrespect you and always seem to be in a rush. Though some parents are lovely and will tell you everything about there child wait till the child has settled in etc.
It all depends on where you work who you work for and what certificates diplomas you hold.
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30-06-2012 22:06 #10
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