This study delves into the work environment, conditions, and teamwork of assistant teachers in early childhood education settings. It was published in the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy in November 2023.
The paper finds that assistant teachers, despite facing economic and professional development challenges, often report strong teamwork and collaboration, especially in supportive work environments. It emphasizes the role of collaborative relationships between assistant and lead teachers, and how these dynamics are influenced by factors such as professional development opportunities, decision-making autonomy, and economic well-being. The study also examines how aspects of the work environment are associated with teamwork and highlights the need for more targeted support and resources to enhance the work experiences of assistant teachers, underlining their crucial role in early childhood education.