I work with children aged 2- 12 years - I provide out of school care which means the school holidays provide me with a working week of about 40 hours and enough paperwork to take down a small forest.
Exhaustion, funding issues and a bunch of kids with more problems than is necessary make my job a constant, hair-pulling headache but with an Ofsted inspection looming I had to send out questionnaires to parents and also get some feedback from the children.
I meanly picked on the four-year-olds. They are more amenable than most ages and you can bribe them easily (so shallow).
It's not long, is it? I mean, to have only been alive for four years (48 months), so can I trust a four-year-olds opinion?
They have limited life experience (obviously), no political views, atrocious social skills and poor table manners. They leak all over the place, pick fights with inappropriate opponents, sleep when it suits them and make unreasonable demands all day long!
"So tell me what you like about Holiday Club" I said, leaving them with another member of staff armed with pens/paint/pencils and paper as I ran off to deal with the outbreak of World War III in the sand.
A while later I came back for the results...
- A painting of a green fire engine
- Two sharks and a princess (apparently)
- Daddy in the garden
- A study in black felt pen
and then there was this.....
Four-year-olds are completely rubbish at writing but this one may just get presented to HM Inspectors in a gold frame.
It says: "I HAD FUN I DON'T WANT TODAY TO END"
You can always trust a four-year-old to remind you why you like your job!