childcare workers?

Australia
April 11, 2009 8:59am CST
i was just wondering if any of you had some stories to share as child care workers / parents with children in child care? i'm studying a degree in early childhood education and was just curious to know what it's really like... any happy stories? sad stories? interesting stories? please share your experiences with me as i will with you. all i know at the moment is that i'm really excited to be working with young children and helping them grow and develop into the beautiful people we hope the next generation will be.
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• United States
11 Apr 09
I'm about to graduate with a degree very similiar to what you are studying. I've been working in centers and preschools for a few years now and it never ceases to amaze me the types of things I see, hear and experience. I've seen all sorts of strange behaviors, I've seen some parents that are really great and other parents that are not really so sure about parenting and rely on the staff more to help them make decisions. Then again, I've seen parents that really need the help and refuse to take any advice offered. I've seen really great kids and I've seen kids that obviously have a lot of issues that really need a lot of help to overcome. I've seen really caring staff and I've seen staff that are over worked, underpaid, underappreciated and would rather not be at work. It's not an easy profession to deal with. It can be rather hard sometimes but it can be really rewarding too.
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• Australia
11 Apr 09
wow thank you for your great response. do you have any specific stories of when it was really rewarding? in my diploma course last year, i believe now that i had only seen the tip of the ice berg. i can't wait to learn more and get in there. where are u studying ur degree and how long does it go for?
• United States
12 Apr 09
For me it's always rewarding to go into a place where you've been for a long period of time and the kids are excited to see you and respond to you being there. It's always nice to know that the kids enjoy being around you enough to be excited when you enter a room. My degree is a four year degree. I'm in West Virginia. My degree is very similiar to yours but it's called Child Development.
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• Weifang, China
11 Apr 09
My daughter is 10 months old,hehe.She is very clever i think.One day a dog bayed back my house,her mama said:"Don`t be afraid!Here is mama."From then on,when she listening dog`s bay,she always says:"Mama!"
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• Australia
11 Apr 09
awww that's so cute!
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
interesting... childhood educ?? how s it? :)
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• Australia
11 Apr 09
it's really fun. last year i did a diploma in children's services and that's what got me into my degree. the most important thing i've learned so far is that the brain learns the most between the ages of 0-5. this fact is what gives me such a passion for children and to provide for them beautiful, thoughtful, caring and nurturing environments to flourish in. i also believe the carers must be supportive and loving towards the child. basically - i'm loving my course!