Job Title: Early Childhood Education Teacher For Children Aged 6 Weeks To 6 Years.
Type of Company: My company is a Learning Center that handles children aged 6 weeks to 6 years. We teach them and help them develop into young children.
Education: AS, Early Childhood Education
Previous Experience: I worked in retail for a couple of years until I found a daycare center I liked. I started working at a daycare center as teacher of two year olds. After a year and a half, I moved to a franchise center as a 2 year old teacher. I am currently working there as I complete my degree at Salem State College.
Job Tasks: I teach two year olds. I basically have nine two year olds all day with another co-teacher. We are responsible for making sure the children have clean diapers, are fed properly and are generally well taken care of. I feed the children at least two snacks a day and a lunch along with beverages. We teach them their ABC's, counting, exploring with sensory items and reading.
Along with taking care of the children, we also have to keep up with cleaning our classrooms and making sure the germs are kept at bay. We have solutions that are made daily to clean the toys the children use and the tables that they eat at and do projects on. The children also have a playground outside where they go to explore their motor skills.
It is very fun to be a role model to young children and know that you are helping each child to become a smart young adult in the future.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of the job are to see the smiling faces on the children everyday and having them miss you when your gone. It's a great feeling to have a part in their life. Another great part of the job is knowing you've had a hand in their education.
The worst part of the job is the pay. Teachers get poorly paid because the education department does not have enough money. I think teachers should get paid a lot more because they take care of a person's life.
Job Tips: Get as much schooling and classes for this degree as possible. It is great to have all the classes and knowledge of each age group from infants to kindergarten. It is also good to know that there is a lot of hours and dedication that one has to put into their job as a teacher or an administrator. A big tip is one must have a lot of patience if interested in being a young childcare teacher.
Additional Thoughts: All I can say is that when I walk into the building and I receive a bear hug from each of my children, I know that they care and love that I'm helping them become a great child.
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