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Career Story: In Home Child Care Provider

In Home Child Care Provider

Job Title: Child Care Provider

Education: Some college courses in early childhood

Previous Experience: I've been in child care for 20+ years. I worked in restaurants before that.

Job Tasks: I care for between one and six children in my home. They range in age from two months to three years. I work ten hour days from seven AM to five PM five days per week.

A typical day is as follows: All the children arrive between seven and nine AM at which time I greet them and allow them free play time (this time usually includes an art project of some sort). At about 9:30 AM we clean up and prepare for "snack". After snack I get the children ready for some outdoor play (diapers are changed, older kids use the bathroom and weather depending, we apply sunblock and hats or coats hats and mittens)

After our outdoor excursion we return home and wash up for lunch. Kids are fed healthy hot meals that include a protien, fruit, vegetable, starch and milk. After lunch we have story time and the children all go down for a nap and I do some cleaning up and computer work.

After nap, the kids have another snack and some free play and then begin getting picked up to go home. A typical day includes time spent at the playground, singing, reading books, preparing foods, changing diapers, art projects, cleaning up after the children, laughing and smiling!

If you want to be able to work at home and have the extra space, this is a great job for a stay-at-home mom. You must have patience and lots of energy. The downside of this job is a lack of adult interactions during the day.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part is I get to be with cute, funny kids all day, I smile and laugh a lot. The worst part is a lack of adult interactions and long days and hours. I must spend time preparing activities before kids arrive and time cleaning and shopping after kids leave and on weekends.

Job Tips:
1. The money you earn may vary. If you are like me and try to accomodate people too much you may lose out financially but gain emotionally, knowing you are helping others.

2. You must have patience and understanding.

3. You must be able to work closely with families and understand different parenting styles.

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