The other day our team was discussing the challenges of working in childcare (the low pay! the stress! the parents!) and also the many reasons to be a childcare provider.
We started to list all the wonderful, magical reasons to spend days with children and began reviewing messages from our students. We found more and more positive responses and reasons to be a childcare professional, and our list turned into this blog.
Providers share reasons to be a childcare provider.
“I enjoy their smiles”
“My students really love getting outside, so we often take walks. They range from 16 months — 3 years. Often we bring chalk so we can stop and scribble. We also collect items to add to our nature basket. Acorns, leaves, rocks, sticks, etc. They like having time to explore, ask questions, and see things they may not see with their families. I enjoy their smiles, their questions, and how much room I have to explore.”
“An opportunity to share something I love”
“We were talking about plants and seeds, and we went on a field trip around our area. I took the children to see different plants and what seeds they produced. We saw seeds pods, “helicopters” from trees, and others. We saw some seeds growing into new plants and had a chance to talk about how the seeds might move from one place to grow in another. It was very memorable for the children. I enjoyed it because I felt I could share something I love with the children and teach them about nature.”
“Modeling positive behavior is so rewarding”
“I encourage and model positive behavior. By doing that myself, I ‘catch’ the children doing the same with their friends. I’ll hear one say to another, ‘it makes me happy when you play with me,’ and the other child replies, ‘me too…want to play with me?’ I have observed this same action many times with children with different activities we do throughout the day. Modeling positive behavior is so rewarding for everyone.”
“I love knowing they are cared for”
“When a child feels secure, I’ve noticed they will explore and then glance back almost saying ‘I’m over here’ or ‘I’m doing this.’ They come to be comforted when they fall down or get hurt. When a child is dropped off but cries for their parent, I see the secure attachment in the family unit. I love knowing they are cared for. Smiling and holding a child or helping them figure out a situation that may be difficult. Secure attachments can be seen in a lot of situations. Looking for them is exciting. I also have a toddler who likes to be near me a lot. They feel safe, and I like that.”
“I want the children I work with to have this same feeling”
“When I was in school, I had a teacher whose approach was positive guidance. She pulled children aside individually when there was a problem. She would talk about how the student was feeling and how the situation could be handled differently next time. This approach made me feel good about myself, and I knew I was in a safe environment with people who pushed me to be my best. I knew I wanted the children I work with to have this feeling. I strive to be like my teacher and use a positive guidance approach every day.”
So many wonderful reasons to spend your days with children! And now … we have compiled a list some of the top reasons to be a childcare provider. Please add your own reasons in the comments at the end of this post!
Top reasons to be a childcare provider
- Make a difference in children’s lives. The early years are significant for their development.
- Make a difference for parents. Parents of young children, especially new parents, tend to lean on childcare providers’ support.
- Make a difference for children with special needs. Help their parents recognize the importance of early intervention, and advocate for them.
- Enjoy emotionally rewarding bonds with young children: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers respond to sensitive caregiving with heart-warming love and affection.
- Gain a deep understanding of child development.
- Apply the understanding of child development to raising your own children.
- Grow and gain respect in the field of early childhood education by following a defined career path. There are many resources available to childcare providers to earn credentials while working.
As a family childcare provider, in addition to all of the above
- Be home with your own young children (or older ones when they come home from school) while earning a living.
- Create a nurturing, home-away-from-home environment for young children and their families.
- Enjoy the independence of running your own business.
Professional Development Training
Interested in learning more about being a childcare provider? Read our blog about activities from our course, A Joyful Life of Caregiving.
Or, take the course itself! A Joyful Life of Caregiving We have great introductory courses, First Steps in Child Care and Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care. Interested in learning more about being a professional childcare provider? Take our course, The Early Childhood Professional.
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