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Table 3 Coding example for early childhood educators (ISCO-08 code 2342)

From: Attaching metabolic expenditures to standard occupational classification systems: perspectives from time-use research

Job-specific tasks from the ISCO-8 job classification document Task abbreviations Compendium code and label MET value
(a) planning and organizing individual and group activities designed to facilitate the development of children’s motor, cooperative and social skills, confidence and understanding Designing curriculum, lessons and activities 9060 ‘sitting, studying, general, including reading and/or writing, light effort’ 1.3
(b) promoting language development through storytelling, role play, songs, rhymes and informal conversations and discussions Teaching kindergarten (3 – 6 years) 21,017 ‘standing, child care, only active periods’ 3
(c) leading children in activities that provide opportunities for creative expression through the media of art, dramatic play, music and physical fitness Teaching kindergarten (3 – 6 years) 21,017 ‘standing, child care, only active periods’ 3
(d) observing children in order to evaluate progress and to detect signs of developmental, emotional or health-related problems Observing and evaluating students 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(e) observing and assessing nutritional health, welfare and safety needs of students and identifying factors which may impede students’ progress Observing and evaluating students 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(f) supervising children’s activities to ensure safety and resolve conflicts Supervising of students, staff and colleagues 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
(g) guiding and assisting children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits Teaching kindergarten (3 – 6 years) 21,017 ‘standing, child care, only active periods’ 3
(h) discussing progress or problems of children with parents and other staff members and identifying appropriate actions and referrals to other services Discussion student reports 11,585 ‘sitting meetings, light effort, general, and/or with talking involved (e.g., eating at a business meeting)’ 1.5
(i) establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with other service providers working with young children Networking 11,791 ‘walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area’ 2
   MET value for ISCO code 2310 2.2
   Standard deviation 0.65