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Coming to careThe work and family lives of workers caring for vulnerable children$
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Julia Brannen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348500

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.001.0001

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Leavers, movers and stayers

Leavers, movers and stayers

(p.153) Eight Leavers, movers and stayers
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

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

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