Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Supporting one another

Being a practitioner is hard work, so support one another!!It easy being a practitioner in Childcare and it isn't always easy being part of a team, but it can be made easier with a little support from your work mates and management. You have to learn to sometimes take a backward step and look at whats working within your team and what is not.

As with many professions, people who work in childcare come from all different experiences and backgrounds. You will find young people training, people who have been in childcare for many years and those who have taken a career change. As hard as this can be, it is important to remember that variety is the spice of life!! I have worked and clashed with many people whose ideas are very different from my own and we learnt to agree to disagree and I have made good friends from some of these people!

There will always be people you clash with within your working life. I have met people I have found it increasingly hard to work with, especially when I am in charge of them. You do have to try hard to find a middle ground, and support from your management team will be needed here.

Support can come in many forms, from recognising when a work colleague is feeling unwell or struggling with a child's behaviour to helping staff with learning procedures and carrying out daily activities with the children. It is a very important part of team building and working as a professional unit. When support does not occur, it can cause friction and unhappiness within a team and an unhappy team does not perform to the best of their ability.

One of the most difficult positions to be in a team is a newcomer, especially if the team they are entering is a well established one. Unfortunately, in many nursery settings, staff turnover can be quite high, meaning that sometimes just as you begin to settle as part of a team, the dynamics can change again. This is where support needs to be in place from the management as well as from each member of the team.

Have you found it hard gelling in a team? Do you not get support? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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