teaching assistant, caring (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – July 28, 2015
I worked at the daycare at my college for a quarter to get some money for schooling. A typical day at work consisted of making snack, supervising nap time while the lead teachers took a break, covering shifts for others, helping with daily activities, and keeping the children entertained. I learned that sometimes it's hard to work with children under five, especially when they aren't your own.
Management was good, although I hardly ever saw them around. As far as I know, my boss was there from the start of the work day until about fifteen minutes before closing. My co-workers were very nice, albeit a little condescending. I don't blame them for that, because I know it can be hard to make the transition between speaking to a child and speaking to someone who is older when you've been speaking to the children all day long.
The hardest part of the job was not disciplining the children. We had to address problems with sayings such as "Please don't do that", or "You need to move your body away from the situation right now". The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the children when they decided to behave. Usually they were so cute and willing to try anything.
occasional snack, lots of hours
long hours, children, lots of diaper training and toilet training.