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Career Story: Day Care Center Operator

Day Care Center Operator

Job Title: Day Care Provider

Type of Company: Caring for children under three years old.

Education: High School Graduate

Previous Experience: I've been a mother thirty years and a daycare provider for thirty years. I started when my children were little so I could work in the home.

Job Tasks: My responsibilities are to provide loving care to children under the age of three.

A typical day would be to welcome the children and parents when they arrive and briefly ask how the child is and if there is anything I should know about their night or morning previous to arriving.

I then offer the children breakfast and make sure that they are full. After breakfast I line up chairs and we have story time which lasts about 30 minutes. Sometimes we will also include feltboard stories or singing time. During this time we go over color recognition. If I have an infant to care for, this would be the time that he would nap.

After morning naps, we have potty time and change diapers. Snacks are proffered and bottles are given.

In the wintertime, when we are housebound, we have a craft time or "Project". The children do many different activities like, color, glue, paint, play dough, markers, stickers etc.

If the weather is nice we go outside and play in the back yard and then go for a walk in the cart around the neighborhood.

Lunch is offered and then they watch a program on TV that is age-appropriate.

Before afternoon nap they are diapered and given bottles. Nap is usually about two and a half hours.

They wake up and we potty, change diapers, have a snack and play until parents come to pick them up.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts are greeting the kids in the morning and having story and singing time. I love to read and sing with little children. And of course nap time is wonderful because I get a break.

The worst time is lunch because it is hectic and I have to attend to many needs at the same time.

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