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Am I pushing it? - September 25th 2012, 08:58 AM

My childcare course is a two year course - we spend Monday and Friday at sixth form and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at a childcare setting (placement). Overall, we have to get 800 hours over the two years - at least 200 hours at each placement.

My first placement (September to April) was a school, hours 8:30am to 3:20pm-4:00pm - depending what I was needed for. I had two weeks off in October to go to Florida in America with my family and then three weeks off in January/February time because I was hospitalised with glandular fever.

My second placement (April-June) was a creche placement, so it was four hours a day, but I spent one day (Tuesday) waiting around for two hours to do two more hours of the creche in the afternoon. I also did a few days during the holiday.

My third placement (July-August) was a holiday playscheme. I did some days in the holidays in February and June, but this was in main bulk. In total (including the days I did in the creche) I had about 5-6 days off and spent the rest of the days working - this doesn't include weekends. The hours at this placement varied from 4 hours a day to 7 hours.

My fourth placement (September - present) my hours are 9:00am to 3:30pm with half an hour break. I hope to finish this placement at the end of December, but I think I'll be able to finish it at the end of November if I get enough hours by then and all the work done.

I'm also working 5 days in the playscheme in October half term, at least 8 hours a day, as I didn't get 200 hours in the holiday.

And then, in January, I'm going back to my second placement (creche) for eight weeks as I didn't get enough hours there either.

That leads me to February, which I will either try to get a placement in an SEN school (for valuable experience) or take Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday off to balance my life a bit and get some coursework done - but I'll probably offer myself for work hours at my job during the time I have free.

Would doing all this in two years burn yourself out? My mum and boyfriend think I am - but I don't. My mum thinks that I should take the week before October hald term off - but I think that'd make the half term more difficult for me, so I'm considering taking the weeks in December off.

What do you think?

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Re: Am I pushing it? - September 25th 2012, 10:01 AM

Hey, I work in a preschool and like you did a two year level 3 childcare course, but I didn't have to change work placements. Working with young children does generally tire you out as they can be and are very demanding especially as there is up to 26 of them in one room!! It's up to you what weeks you take off but I have always thought the christmas holidays always seem to be more special than any other holiday.

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Re: Am I pushing it? - September 25th 2012, 02:40 PM

Here is my thought on this. If you still have energy, aren't falling asleep at random places or times, still have a normal appetite, and are still able to have time to hang out with family or friends every now and then, as well as give yourself a little bit of time to relax, then you are fine.

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