The investigation by Charles Sturt University, Exemplary Early Childhood Educators at Work, has analysed 3000 hours of data from 260 participants.
Interim findings show participants recorded a high level of job satisfaction across their day, with more stress at the beginning and end of the day.
Educators indicated being with children is how they spend most of their day, followed by routine care/ transition and intentional teaching. Least amount of time was spent on professional learning. Fifty per cent of participants said they worked on a secondary activity for every primary activity and switching activities was frequent, with most activities only lasting six minutes. Room leaders were slightly more likely to record being rushed or stressed. This study continues into 2019/20.