Working with children can be extremely fun, exciting and rewarding however it can be emotionally and physically draining too. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my job, I adore the children I teach and remember those I have taught.
3 years at college, a lot of assignments later and I’m in the real world, I’m a fully qualified practitioner. I’m an adult. I already had a part time job but suddenly it was all real, I wanted to get a job working with children. Finding somewhere came easier than I had expected, thankfully I had been there as a student and knew a few of them. I started in the September 2014, being introduced to all these new people was scary. Will they like me? Will I fit in? Am I the youngest here?
I had a knot in my stomach, as I had sat with my new manger and filled out paper work. Filling in the normal stuff, but then it came to my health. Do I lie, should I tell the truth? I could feel myself welling up as I ticked the no to the mental health question. I lied but I didn’t want it used against me. I made a deal with myself to come off the anti-depression tablets. I’ll talk about that another day.
So I now work in a nursery with children who are between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old, we have English, EAL and SEN children. It can be quite tough teaching a child so young to now speak English when they have barely mastered their home language. Although seeing them transform over the 2 years we have them is so rewarding and I admit there are times where I’v cried because of simple little things like coming out with full understandable sentences, writing their name for the first time, or simply accomplishing something they never thought they could.
One of my little ones has amazed me so much! Fluent Polish and English, can write her own name and understands everything. She has found it hard when it comes to maths, I wasn’t overly concerned because she knew the basics, well she knew more than enough ready for school. However this particular day she made me so proud and made me think more about why I do what I do. I had a group of 6 children, all sat working on maths we were looking at numbers and quantities. You can imagine what it was like 6 children round a tiny table all wanting my attention, it was overwhelming! So for a child who struggles and will shut off and refuse to carry on, she did it! She got it, all by herself. I explained what I wanted them to do and she got on with it and got it all correct without help. Now to you, you might think this is a simple little thing but I could not of been more proud. I cried. All my hard work and dedication had paid off and it made me realise why I do what I do.
Looking back I wish I hadn’t worried so much. Thinking that being an adult would be fun, yeah I guess it is but I never imagined I’d struggle as much as I did. I never expected life to throw so many rocks my way, but I overcome them. I am now stronger than I ever have been.
Don’t doubt yourself, you can do it!
For now stay safe, happy and positive.