All you do is play all day- yer right !!

For as long as I can remember I always wanted to work with children. I can remember being about 9 or 10 and going round my moms friends house who was a child minder and helping her with the children. So as soon as I realised college was the way to go I knew straight away what course I wanted to do. I worked my little butt of doing my BTEC in childcare and came out with a triple distinction which to this day I am still very proud of.


Being newly qualified it can be hard to find a job In any sector. So I signed up to a agency and worked in various different nurserys , schools and children’s centres . This gave me the experience I needed and helped me to get a job with the company I work with now.

When I tell people I work In a nursery the reply I would get 9/10 is,bet that’s easy playing all day ! . This angers me so much , people don’t understand how much work goes into looking after children. Not only do we care for their emotional needs we make sure they are developing in all areas. We plan activities to help them develop further and if they need support we are there.

Dont even get me started on the amount of paperwork we have to do it’s crazy !. Most people’s work day is between the hours of 9-5 , I regularly worked a 7.30-6 day and then did training afterwork or even take panning home to do.


I have now done a foundation degree in childcare and have had to write in the same academic mannor as people studying law . So people really should take childcare seriously we work just as hard as anyone.

So to all those people that thinks it’s just one big play date or that it’s not a proper job , I would love to see you try . I’m sure you would want me to provide the best I possibly can do your child if I looked after them . So it’s about time were valued for what we do.


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6 Replies to “All you do is play all day- yer right !!”

  1. I used to get this as a support worker, I would be supporting adults with learning disabilities in the community and my friends would say how lucky I wad going to the cinema, shopping etc. They didn’t think of the other side of it, the emotional and physical draining side x

    1. That’s it and it’s such a huge responsibility ! X

  2. I totally agree with you! I did the NNEB many years ago and spent about 17 years working as a Nanny and Maternity Nurse and I used to get this all the time. The other comment I got was ‘I bet you just stick them in front of the tv all day’. People have no idea. Thanks for linking to the #weekendblogshare

    1. It’s so annoying and I think we are one of the most important sectors !! X

  3. I have complete respect for my son’s nursery workers – I find him hard work on my own sometimes, and they have another 20 kids to deal with! I know how much paperwork they have to do, as half of it probably comes from me emailing them for various reasons! I think as a parent we can completely appreciate how hard childcare providers work, and as much as you love your job, it’s hard work like any other job is. As for the hours – our nursery workers quite often start at 7 and finished at 6, so it’s a blooming long and tiring day! Hats off to you x

    1. Thank you . It’s one of those jobs where you have to love what you do . But my god is such a rewarding job to do ! . X

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