“Being a professional working with young children is not just about meeting standards; it’s about attitude, ideology and passion…”
Attitude, ideology and passion.
If you’re working with children, you should LOVE working with children. Sounds great, but that’s far from what I’ve seen so far.
In a working environment
The people I see working with children are a miserable bunch. Admittedly, deep down they are all cheerful individuals, but the constant stress of their jobs has left them jaded, and perpetually in a sour mood. They would jump at the chance to move on to something else.
In a learning environment
The students doing my course, the Early Years Professional (EYP) Status, can be divided into 2 main groups:
- Inexperienced. These are the people on the course who have just finished their first degree. Those who studied something related to Early Years Childcare seem to have joined the course only because it was the next step on the educational ladder. Worst still are those who studied something unrelated to Early Years Childcare, who seem to have just jumped onto the programme on a whim.
- Experienced. These are the people who are not fresh graduates. Rather than expanding their knowledge out of passion, they are instead seeking job stability. This is exacerbated by the government’s requirements on childcare settings having EYPs.
I consider myself fortunate, as I still find myself passionate about working with children. Maybe it’s because I’m relatively new, but it’s honestly the first time I’ve ever looked forward to going to work. I sure hope I’m not part of a rare and dying breed.