10 Reasons Why Working with Children is a Great Career Choice
I’m often asked why I choose to work with children and always give a lengthy explanation of the joys of spending my days with little people. I tend to end with the question “Why wouldn’t I want to work with children?”
You’ll all have your own reasons for loving your career in childcare, but here are 12 reasons why I think it’s the best career choice:
YOU EXPERIENCE THE WONDER IN THE LITTLE THINGS
The snow might irritate adults, but for children it’s a chance to make footsteps in the snow, dig and to build a new friend! Raining? Perfect time to jump puddles. Those depressing Autumn leaves, how crunchy they sound when you step on them. Bugs, animals, flowers and changing seasons – these are some of the many things we adults often ignore; but to children they are everything. When working with children you slow down and look at the world through their eyes - and appreciate the simple things.
YOU WITNESS LIGHTBULB MOMENTS
As a professional, you closely monitor the Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Language (SPECL) development of each of the children in your care. You observe and teach them slowly and watch every part of their growth as they move forward. How wonderful when you see a child develop and achieve new goals – and to know you played a part in helping them get there!
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS
You comfort them when they fall; help sprinkle glitter on that special picture and make them giggle during garden games. It is you who is responsible for making that little person happy every day and what a wonderful feeling it is to see them smile!
YOU WITNESS MANY “FIRSTS”
The first tentative steps, the first time the child writes his name, the first time she says “mama” when mum picks her up at home time - every day we see many firsts. How privileged we childcare workers are to witness those special first moments in a child’s life.
YOU CELEBRATE LITTLE THINGS EVERY DAY
It’s like watching your favourite team win a game; you are delighted that their hard work has paid off and they’re receiving the recognition they deserve. When working with children, you experience that feeling regularly. The joy in his little face when he can reach the top of the climbing frame or when the other child who struggled with his coat can now zip it up. There we are, cheering them on and telling them we knew they could do it!
PEOPLE DEPEND ON YOU
Nappies; toilet training; feeding; playing; comforting; the list of what we do to help children is endless. We serve a very important purpose and are in position of trust and I, for one, am honoured to have that role in their lives.
YOU HELP BUILD A CHILD’S CHARACTER
Every one of the children we care for are unique and special. It is our job to help them shine by giving them the tools and confidence needed to let it show.
YOU ARE A SUPERHERO
We are rescuers of stumbling children and near misses. Teachers of road safety and Risk Assessing extra ordinaries. We are helpers and the healers – how important we are every day! How many other careers need Superhero credentials?
YOU SHOW LOVE AND ARE LOVED BACK
Although we will never take the place of parent, special relative or guardian, we love all of the children in our care unconditionally. We are consistent examples of what love is and should be; teaching those children that no matter what they face, they will never be alone.
YOU PLAY EVERY DAY
Children are experts at playing. Most adults seem to grow and think that playing is just for kids. Why then, do small babies love to play? It’s because humans are meant to play. We have a chance to use our imagination; to go places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to or be someone else for a little while. We interact with others and are sociable. We can laugh and chat and just generally have fun when we’re playing. It’s been scientifically proven that children learn through play. Isn’t it so much easier to learn something when you’re having fun? Childcare Workers are lucky – we see children learn through play, and we get to play EVERY SINGLE DAY!
About the Writer: Beth has been a professional Childcare worker for 5 years and is married with one son. When not spending her days with amazing little children, she enjoys reading and writing.