Take Inventory of Your Skills and Experience
Do you have sufficient knowledge about child development and guidance?
When it comes to guiding and nurturing a child, there’s no better teacher than experience. Parenthood alone makes regular folk experts in supervising the growth of a child. Studying about child care and development are not far off either. Parenting books and magazines are widely available, and there are child care and development courses for those who want a more advanced knowledge about the matter. Most people have had some kind of experience and background in child care. As child care providers, we can always use additional information to help us perform our responsibilities better. Child care is a complex and diverse craft. Learning more about child development and guidance will equip you with the challenges of child care. As a provider, you can venture out and take advanced studies on child development, curriculum activities, and guidance. Other areas such as nutrition and safety are also integral and training is readily available for providers to improve their craft.
One of the main responsibilities of a provider is being able to communicate clearly with other parents. Providers must be flexible enough to accommodate the different personality types. Trust plays a huge role in child care. How well you communicate with the parents would either resolve their concerns, or pour more fuel to the fire. Child care providers can benefit tremendously from preparation through proper training in this area. Your current skill set is the perfect starting point for learning. Evaluate your current skills and experience and decide which path you would like to develop and enhance. Child care covers a broad spectrum. Check our suggested list and mark the areas which you would like to develop.
- Infant and child CPR and first aid
- Expectations for children from infancy to age six
- Guidance systems
- Parent-provider relationships
- Child abuse awareness
- Professional development and community resources
- Business practices
- Computer courses
- Children’s health
- Special needs / Children with disabilities
- Multicultural awareness
- Curriculum and activity area
- Science and Math
- Movement and dance
- Personal safety
- Dramatic play
You can take advantage from the abundant training programs available to you. Check with the following resources for more information Training courses and special seminars are often sponsored by your local R&R Find out relevant classes or programs through your state licensing department Community colleges offer classes on early childhood, parent education, and adult continuing education. Training and seminars are routinely available through your regional Family Child Care Association Training for child guidance, health, and early childhood education are commonly offered by local hospitals and school districts Specialty magazines and newsletters offer valuable, up-to-date information on training opportunities. Books are an invaluable resource for guidance and activity materials. Make the most out of your career by starting now. Check out course descriptions to help you identify what areas you can improve and your personal interests as well. Child care is an ever-evolving craft. There’s much to learn and there’s no limit to what you can improve and achieve. Parents tend to trust well-educated and well-prepared providers more. Witnessing a great improvement in the children under your care and the trust that the parents put into your hands make your work even more rewarding.