Career Story: Child Care Provider In Family Setting

Child Care Provider In Family Setting

Job Title: Child Care Provider

Education: Licensed at the Fox Valley Technical College for for Infant and Toddlers, with continuing education of at least 15 hours yearly, also including CPR and First Aid, and many other trainings

Previous Experience: Previously I had been Certified by the County of Outagamie for child care.

Job Tasks: I provide full time and part time care for children in a family type setting with a mixed age group. Children are given the consistency of having one primary caregiver.

I participate in the EWCA Child Care Food Program and offer meals and snacks.

My day starts out with greeting the children when they come in with their parents, spending a few minutes with the parents, finding out about any needs of the child for that day, learning about anything that is new in their life. Then we eat breakfast, and maybe do a project, and have free time. We then have a morning snack, and if weather is nice we go outside. After we come in we have some quiet time, read books, puzzles, etc. Before lunch we clean everything up and eat lunch. After lunch we read a story and then it is nap time. After nap time we have a snack, and spend time playing, and go outside again. If we have time we will do come coloring or music time. We try to get things all picked up before the parents come and get the children ready to go home.

I plan activities and provide children with a variety of experiences, including:

  • Language development: Books, music, story time, finger plays.
  • Large muscle skills: balls, bean bags, swinging, outdoor play.
  • Creative expression: dramatic play, puppets, music/instruments.
  • Self help skills: assist with mealtime preparation, dress self for outdoors.

Play is the major component of my program.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best times are enjoying seeing children discover something for the first time, seeing each miracle through the eyes of a child.

The worst times are dealing with parents that do not cooperate with me, which does not happen very often.

Most of the time I do not have trouble collecting payment from the parents, but some of the parents that are very low income always have excuses for not paying on time. So now I charge $10.00 extra if they do not pay me on time.

Job Tips:
1. Do not pursue this job thinking that its an easy job to make money. You need to have patience, because you will be repeating your suggestions to the children over and over many times.

2. Expect the unexpected. Sometimes the plans you make, just might not work out the way you planned, be prepared to simplify it, drop the plan and just do something fun such as a game like bean bag toss, etc.

3. Always have an extra set of clothes, for the unmentionable accidents, spilled paint, sick child that accidentally gets your clothes dirty, or whatever the case may be.

Additional Thoughts: I have been doing this for 33 years, and even though there has been some tough days, I would not trade this for anything else. The rewards you get from the hugs, and smiles, and love, and funny situations that come up every day will warm your heart!

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