Learning how to work with kids a rewarding experience

Mia Hornby, of Miriam Vale State School, reports on her recent work experience at Agnes Water Child Care.

JUST imagine a whole bunch of kids running around, throwing things at each other and crying.

I learnt to control this during my work experience week at the Agnes Water Child Care.

My name is Mia Hornby and this is my experience.

On my first day of work experience it took some time for me to get used to everything and become less shy.

At first I was unsure what I had to do and where I had to go.

But by the end of the week I had ten kids swinging off my arms and legs because they never wanted me to leave.

It tested my patience when kids where pulling my hair and spitting on me but by the end of it I learned how to be more controlling, and they learned how to stop.

Throughout the week I had to: watch over kids, prepare their lunches, cut-out and glue Easter craft, supervise, and take care of them when they were sad.

I also learned that kids have a very big imagination.

Some of them would come up with the most random scenarios and all you could do was smile and play along.

After lunch time all the kids were allowed to play on the playground.

The staff told me that all I had to do was watch over them.

This was very difficult because everybody pretended I was a monster and would always run away from me screaming.

Eventually I learnt to play along and began to chase after them.

That was one of the highlights of my experience.

The staff at the child care where so nice and welcoming. They helped me out whenever I didn't know what to do.

At first I was a bit nervous to ask about what I need to do, but by the end of it I felt like I could ask them anything. 

In conclusion there are two things I enjoyed the most out of this work experience.

Firstly the children and staff I worked with. Secondly being able to watch the kids learn and grow as the days went by.

Seeing the kids play and grow brought back hundreds of memories about my own child hood.

I will definitely be considering working in early child care and teaching. This was the best experience of my lifetime.

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