With estimates of 30–40 per cent of childcare professionals leaving the field, often due to burnout arising from factors such as long hours, isolation, low pay and lack of respect, this book is a timely resource for all.
With humour and empathy, experienced care provider and former centre director Jeff Johnson addresses the common stressors and challenges, providing proven techniques for coping with stressful situations and diagnosing and preventing burnout.
The symptoms of burnout are explored, together with the impact of burnout on attitudes in the workplace, personal relationships and health. The issue of early childhood workers spending more time and energy caring for others than themselves is identified, along with the steps needed to initiate change.
Take action to overcome a possible slide into burnout by making different choices, in areas such as getting support and feedback, paying attention to diet and exercise and learning to let go.
Become the carer with the smile again!