Close to one-quarter of early childhood education service staff (24%) rated their workload as being excessive. Another 44% rated their workload as being bearable and only 32% thought it was fine.
Comments showed that when workload was considered fine, the respondent worked in a team that shared the workload well and found a balance between time with children and paperwork as well as getting sufficient non-contact time.
Among the staff whose workload was excessive, the key problem was a lack of time to fit in job requirements and meet workplace expectations. Staff in management and leadership positions said they needed more support with admin and for paper-work requirements, such as for the Education Review Office, to be made more manageable (and especially if they were working at smaller stand-alone services).
Many reported not being able to take breaks as they had to cover responsibilities or do paperwork.
Among staff in teaching positions, there was a feeling that their workload needed to be reduced to control tasks that were taking them away from their teaching, and are unable to be completed during working hours. Staff reported often feeling pressured and not always having enough non-contact time to complete assessments of children’s learning and other planning in paid time.
Teachers in training and teachers gaining and maintaining their teacher registration also reported that on top of working a full day they were left struggling to meet the needs for study and writing.