Like many childcare/teaching positions, successful childcare workers are likely to be ENFJ personality types. ENFJ’s, or sometimes called ‘the mentor’, are forward-thinkers. They enjoy serving the community and can always see the potential in other people. They want to focus on the possibilities of growth for others, which is absolutely essential qualities for anyone who wants work in education and teaching other – including childcare workers.
Accomplishment and mastery
As daycare workers have low autonomy, they may not always feel a huge sense of accomplishment and mastery. However, when one of the children that they have been working with responds well or progresses well, a daycare worker is likely to feel accomplished and like they have mastered the necessary skills to help children and let them thrive.
Meaning and contribution
As previously highlighted, childcare workers play a crucial role in the education system and in the life of each child they work with. Without them, many children would not get the chance they deserve. Therefore, the work of daycare worker has a lot of meaning and contribution to society!
A childcare workers schedule can vary. Some childcare workers may work part time, whereas other may work full time.
Childcare centers usually are open year round and operate at long hours so that parents or guardians can drop off and pick up their children before and after work. Some centers employ full-time and part-time staff with staggered shifts to cover the entire day.
Family childcare providers may have to work long or irregular hours to fit the parents’ work schedules. In some cases, these childcare providers offer evening and overnight care to meet the needs of families. After the children go home, family childcare providers often have more responsibilities, such as shopping for food or supplies, keeping records, and cleaning.
Who will thrive?
As childcare workers can work long hours, which involves giving constant attention to young children, it can be emotionally exhausting and draining. Therefore, to thrive as a childcare worker, you will need to be energetic, creative and engaging. As well as this, you will also need incredible patience, as working with children is not easy and is very demanding. Childcare workers also need to be compassionate, friendly, positive and sensible.
Who will struggle?
Rather obviously, you will struggle as a childcare worker if you don’t like children, especially ones who are difficult and challenging. A lack empathy and patience will also mean you will struggle in this career, as you must be able to relate to and understand the children. Finally, those who seek independent work and do not want to always have to answer to someone else may struggle as a childcare worker, who often must follow the guidelines and plans set out by more senior members of staff.