Leavers, movers and stayers

Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney and Michaela Brockmann

in Coming to care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348500
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301882 | DOI:
Leavers, movers and stayers

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This chapter considers questions concerning who stays and who leaves childcare work and why. It also examines movement between different types of work with vulnerable children, since this has particular relevance for government policies to encourage greater flexibility and transferability across the childcare workforce. The chapter shows that the reasons why people move on from particular types of childcare work reflect a variety of factors, including their life stage, personal or family situation, dissatisfaction with the work, and better opportunities being available elsewhere. Given the often difficult and demanding nature of the work, and the conditions under which it is undertaken, the surprise is perhaps not that people leave, but that so many stay. When workers did move on, it was usually to another type of care work with children and young people.

Keywords: childcare work; childcare workers; family life; life stage; job dissatisfaction

Chapter.  9468 words. 

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