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Career Story: Pre-Vocational Instructor At A High School

Pre-Vocational Instructor At A High School

Job Title: Pre-Vocational Instructor

Type of Company: My school provides educational services to children with language-based learning disabilities.

Education: BA, Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art •• currently working on certification in childcare at Middlesex Community College

Previous Experience: After being a stay-at-home mom for six years, I took at part-time job in food services in the local school system, which led to jobs as a pre-vocational instructor in Food Service and later in Child Care.

Job Tasks: My key responsibilities are to take care of toddlers ages 1-2 years and instruct high school students how to work in a daycare environment.

A typical day starts at 7:30AM (1st period) with my greeting the toddlers, their parents and the students I teach. Students sign in and wash their hands and we have playtime. About an hour later we have breakfast, and the students help serve and clean up. Around 9AM (2nd Period) we have playtime again and change diapers. Playtime includes dancing, Playdough, Legos, book reading, painting, puzzles. At 9:45 (3rd period) we head outside for a walk. (The students help push the strollers.) At 10:30, it's off to the playground where students are assigned a toddler to follow and help out. We have lunch at 11:20, and again students help serve and clean up. Noon is "playtime & diapers": each child is walked down to the bathroom by a teacher. Students do not change diapers but they do set up mats for the children to sleep on at nap time, which comes at 1PM, and help put the toddlers to sleep. A half an hour later, the students are assigned jobs like notes home, diaper checks, dishes, toy cleaning, and crafts. Students end school at 2:30PM. I do paper work till the toddlers wake up. A small snack is served and then they play together until their parents pick them up at 3:15.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of my job are the toddlers on a good day. They give lots of hugs and you really feel appreciated. Another part is being able to teach a young adult how to work with young children.

The worst parts are the paper work, dirty diapers and days when everyone is whining or crying and we are stuck inside.

Job Tips:
1. Go to school and get certified in child care.

2. As a teacher you need to set rules and stick to them.

3. Be warm, fun and outgoing.

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