Hello everyone! Here is my story about why I quit working in childcare...
Working in childcare made me feel amazing, being surrounded by happy little children and teaching them how to be great people was extremely rewarding. I used to love being in charge of a room, keeping all the paperwork up to date, planning activities everyday to make those little ones happy, talking to lovely parents, being a role model for students and signing their placement books.
But why did I quit my passion? Because of work environment.
I have worked in 4 centers throughout 8 years, and it's the same everywhere.
How people working with children can be so unprofessional and disrespectful? It supposed to be a beautiful job, we supposed to be happy, respect the children in our care, respect our colleagues, etc. It's not an normal office job, it's childcare!
I came to Australia many years ago. I'm white and I have excellent English level. Even like that, everywhere I worked I have suffer discrimination from my colleagues. Mocking my accent and treating me like I had chicken pox. Assistants who refused to do what I have asked them to do, assistants giving me orders and laughing at me when talking and pretended not to understand my English. I have even been pushed by colleagues 3 times. This is not only me, I could write down a book with names of foreigners colleagues that have experienced discrimination.
I have seen so many times aggressive behaviors that's unbelievable. Smacking children, yelling at them, grabbing those little arms, giving them time out, etc. And directors do not do anything to stop this. Maybe they are also scared of employee's behavior too, who knows!
I'm not. But I decided to put an end to this, because it kept affecting my personal life.
I have met beautiful educators through the years who have a truly passion for childcare, as I do, but there are not too many of us.
I'm scared, I'm scared one day I will have to send my child to childcare and I do not want her to see how some people abused non native speakers people. I'm scared my baby girl would copy their behavior. I'm scared she would get hurt or in trouble, in a place she supposed to be secure, comfortable and happy.
I'm not just part of a bad experience, I have gave it a go many times, but unfortunately, the story is the same.
I'm sure everyone in this forum are beautiful people who works for passion more than for money. Thanks for trying to improve everyday at work and for sharing a smile with those little souls.