Working as an early childhood practitioner has traditionally been seen as a vocation. People, usually women, choose to work in this field because they love children and find great satisfaction in supporting those in their care through their journey of discovery and exploration. Each day is so different and you are on a rollercoaster of highs and lows.
The Irish Independent examined the available reports by Tusla for childcare services in 2015. The full details on individual crèches are available to read on the website www.pobal.ie/Pages/ HSE.aspx by clicking on ‘Pobal Maps’. This is a general summary of the findings for major towns and cities:
It all starts with a box. A brightly coloured cardboard box that is sent by the state to every expectant mother in Finland. It is colloquially known as The Baby Box and it's packed with gender-neutral clothes, cloth nappies, blankets, a picture book and a myriad other baby care items to help welcome another Finnish child into the world. And it's completely free.
Finland's Scandinavian neighbours fare well too. In Norway, special needs assistant Malin Hermansen Hansen and partner Wegard, a fisherman, live in Myre and have two sons, Webjorn, three-and-a-half, and Matheo, almost two.
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