The health and wellbeing of adults working in early childhood education

McGrath, Belinda J. and Huntington, Annette D. (2007) The health and wellbeing of adults working in early childhood education. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 32 3: 33-38.

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Author McGrath, Belinda J.
Huntington, Annette D.
Title The health and wellbeing of adults working in early childhood education
Journal name Australian Journal of Early Childhood   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-5033
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 33
End page 38
Editor M. Fleer
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Early Childhood Austrlia Inc.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321210 Community Child Health
730208 Occupational health (excl. economic development aspects)
321201 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
321202 Epidemiology
Abstract This article reports the results of a survey of 168 New Zealand early childhood workers and describes their health status, behaviours and concerns. The respondents included 73 childcare teachers, 58 kindergarten teachers and 37 home-based educators. Although 92 per cent of respondents reported that they had good or excellent health, statistically significant differences were found between the groups for days absent because of illness, accidental injuries, job-related stress and ergonomic aspects of their work. All groups reported an increase in various physical symptoms since working with children, in particular backaches, muscle strain and fatigue. One-quarter of respondents experienced an illness related to their work with children during the past year, most commonly respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. The study alerts early childhood education employers to the importance of managing health issues such as workload and stress, occupational injuries, the provision of an ergonomically healthy work environment and adequate conditions of employment.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
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