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ERIC Number: ED356873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-9
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of the Employment Experiences of Childcare Workers in Non-Profit and Privately-Owned Childcare Centres: Some Preliminary Findings.
Nuttall, Jocelyn Grace
A comparative study of the employment experiences of staff at nonprofit and privately owned childcare centers was conducted in the Christchurch, New Zealand, area. A total of 23 staff members at 3 nonprofit centers and 9 staff members at 2 privately owned centers responded to a survey concerning their qualifications, work history, current working conditions, motivations for working in childcare, and most and least favored aspects of their jobs; the differences among centers at which they had worked; their perceived problems with employers; and their perceptions of their future in childcare and the future of childcare in New Zealand generally. Study findings indicated that: (1) workers in nonprofit centers were better paid, had better overall job satisfaction, enjoyed better conditions of service, were more experienced in working with young children, and had slower rates of turnover than workers at private centers; (2) while almost all staff mentioned a love of children as a motivating factor in their work, staff in nonprofit centers were more likely than private center staff to mention the importance of childcare as a service, their training and career aspirations, pay and work conditions, and enjoyment of regular contact with adults as motivating factors; and (3) staff overall reported that problems of dealing with sick children, poor equipment and facilities, stress, and personal illness were the most difficult aspects of their work. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand