mention the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and some fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 10% sitting, 45% walking, and 45% standing.
I think we should keep it real and let people know what they are getting themselves into...here is my expanded list of Physical Requirements for Early Childhood Professionals:
- occasional lifting--baby, toddler, chunky preschooler, Scholastic book order box
- carrying--chunky preschooler from playground to classroom, stack of nap cots
- flexibility--stretching to pat the backs of two nappers while their cots are regulation distance apart
- stamina--Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes is easy...can you keep up with Tony Chestnut after the Bear Hunt?
- ability to push your pain threshold--length of time until you can get to some headache medication on a rainy day when someone brings out the box of instruments...the day after a candy holiday
- finger dexterity--ability to lead finger-plays, find the end of a skein of yarn, scotch tape, unknot shoe laces, and remove splinters
- climbing--ability to climb on a chair in the classroom to reach something on a high shelf with ninja stealth so that you are not be seen by children
- germ resistance--ability to stay healthy despite the dirty tissues in your pocket that do not belong to you
- balancing--ability to balance an adult size rear end on a child size chair
- standing--skill to stand upright after sitting in a child size chair or floor, more skill if you were holding chunky preschooler on your lap
- eye sight--ability to read books in near darkness at naptime also handy in the detection of lice
- alertness--need to remain upright and awake in near darkness while listening to the purring of children sleeping with an Enya CD playing in the background
- urinary continence--ability to hold it until you can get to an adult size potty (if not--this requires an more flexibility and balancing talent if available potty is child sized)
- medical knowledge--chicken pox or mosquito bites?
I am sure the list could go on and on...but if you really knew all the demands of working with young children would you still sign up?