Best Careers for Teachers: Providing Day Care And Before and After School Care
Perhaps you truly love working with children, but not necessarily in the classroom. If so, providing day care for preschoolers or before and after school care for older kids might be a perfect job option for you. As more and more parents have become two-income families, the need for quality child care has grown. As a person with full teaching credentials, you could easily be considered excellent for the job. Whether you would need additional training or certification depends on where you work and how many children you will care for.
Day care workers shoulder a great deal of responsibility. After all, when a parent turns his son or daughter over to you, it implies a huge amount of trust. It will be your job, for several hours a day, to meet that child's basic needs, from physical and emotional to intellectual and social. Clearly the needs of infants are different than those of older children. For the youngest set, your job would primarily include feeding, changing, holding, and playing. Older children typically require organized activities of some kind to keep busy.
Exploring Your Options
What questions should you consider before going into any kind of day care? Let's explore a few.
"Child care providers, sometimes called day care providers, were originally considered responsible only for the children's basic care. Preschool teachers were responsible only for the children's educational activities. The separation in these major fields continues to diminish because of the growing knowledge that anyone who spends any amount of time with children does affect their learning, and they must also care about the children's basic needs."
—Renee Wittenberg,Opportunities in Child Care
What Age Children Are You Most Comfortable With?
Do you prefer to spend your day with babies? Children under the age of two? Preschoolers? Are you familiar with their needs? If you have spent most of your time teaching teenagers, for example, starting to take care of infants may seem like a welcome change, but if you don't have much experience, it can quickly turn to disaster. Infants demand a great deal of watching, and since they cannot communicate with you yet, they usually cry until you figure out the problem. On the other hand, older kids often require homework assistance and help developing social skills. They will also need to be fed snacks on a regular basis (most likely provided by the parents, but this is one of the many details you will work out upon reaching an agreement).
Where Do You Want to Provide Day Care/Before and After School Care?
Child care typically takes place in one of three locations. Many people choose to open up their own homes. They designate certain parts of their homes for the business (creating a nice tax deduction in the process), and watch as many children as their state allows (laws vary on how many children per adults are allowed and are traditionally based on the age of the children). This type of child care is known as family child care. Some states require that your home be licensed if you are going to watch children as a business. They may conduct a background check on you, plus require that you are certified in CPR and first aid. If you choose this type of care, you will need to make sure you have the right supplies on hand. While infants do not have many needs (bottles, formulas, and diapers should be provided by the parents), older children will need a steady supply of games, arts, and crafts to hold their attention—and keep them out of trouble.
Another type of child care, private household care, is done in a client's home. This type of caretaker is sometimes known as a nanny or au pair, or simply a babysitter. In this situation, you will work one-on-one with a child or with siblings. Some child care workers work only during the daytime hours, while others live at the client's home and commonly must work on weeknights and weekends. If you are single, this can be a good arrangement. Nannies typically make $10 to $16 an hour, depending on their experience and the age and number of children involved.
The third type of child care is done in a kind of center, like a community center, church, public school, or large office building. In this situation, you would be more likely to share the care of children with several other people. Often you will need additional training or certification to get this job, so check state requirements. You will also have to deal with unannounced visits from the state licensing board, during which they will go through processes like measuring the square footage, asking the children about their activities, watching to make sure children are never left unobserved, inspecting the playground, and observing all caregiver interactions with the children. Health inspectors also come by without warning to test water temperatures, check supplies, and to make sure that all dangerous medicines and cleaning supplies are locked up safely.
- Coats and Car Seats: A Lethal Combination?
- Kindergarten Sight Words List
- Signs Your Child Might Have Asperger's Syndrome
- Child Development Theories
- 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism
- Social Cognitive Theory
- Why is Play Important? Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Creative Development
- GED Math Practice Test 1
- Problems With Standardized Testing
- The Homework Debate