While we expect to see changes around us to continue, the importance of early childhood education will continue to stand strong. As does the need for our amazing educators. It is our educators who provide the quality early years learning experiences that help to shape a child’s future. Laying the foundation for their life long learning.
Since the onset of COVID-19, a new focus on the wellbeing of employees has emerged. Listed below are the reasons why working within the early childhood industry remains a great career choice for many.
Wellbeing services are becoming more readily available for employees.
With the onset of COVID-19, we’re all trying to build new skills to be resilient in ways we haven’t had to before. Employers understand the importance of employee wellbeing and are taking steps to ensure employees needs, both physical and mental, are being met. At Only About Children, we provide our team members with access to our Employee Assistance Program as well as a range of resources and tools to support ongoing wellbeing.
We are seeing a strong focus on safe working environments.
COVID-19 has brought into focus the physical safety of work environments. At Only About Children, we have well practised and industry high standards of hygiene and infection control. This includes daily cleaning using hospital-grade cleaning products. In response to the pandemic, we have embedded COVID-19 safety measures into our daily practices. Ensuring we maintain a safe, nurturing and consistent environment for both children and employees.
The industry continues to support workplace flexibility.
While many businesses are opening up to greater flexibility, this type of flexibility has always featured in the early childhood education industry. One of the many great career benefits!
The demand for quality educators is high.
While we saw a short impact on childcare during the onset of COVID-19, it has bounced back. The demand for quality educators is now extremely high. This industry-wide need is providing those wanting to enter, or those already working in the early childhood space, with an array of career opportunities.
Working with children never gets old.
Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that what you do each day is having a real impact on a child, not just in that moment – but for the rest of their life.
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