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Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology

, 6:36

First Online: 22 December 2011Received: 06 December 2011Accepted: 22 December 2011


BackgroundWorking conditions of nursery school teachers have not been scrutinized thoroughly in scientific research. Only a few studies have so far examined work-load and strain in this profession. Preferably, subjective perceptions should be corroborated by data that can be quantified more objectively and accurately. The aim of the present observational field study was to evaluate pedagogical staffs- workflow.

MethodsIn 2009 eleven educators in a day care centre were observed throughout three complete workdays. A total of 250 working hours were recorded.

ResultsAn educators- workday lasted on average 07:46:59 h SD = 01:01:10 h. Within this time span, an average of 02:20:46 h 30.14%, SD = 00:28:07 h were spent on caring, 01:44:18 h on playing 22.33%, SD = 00:54:12 h, 00:49:37 h on educational work 10.62%, SD = 00:40:09, and only 00:05:38 h on individual child contact 1.21%, SD = 00:04:58 h.

ConclusionFor the first time, educators- workflow in day care centres was studied in real time. Some of the educators- self-reported problems were corroborated. The results of this study form a basis upon which further investigations can be built and measures can be developed for an overall improvement of child care.

Keywordseducator working conditions task analysis workload real-time observation Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1745-6673-6-36 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Bianca Kusma - Stefanie Mache - David Quarcoo - Albert Nienhaus - David A Groneberg


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