Career in childcare

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Pursuing a Career in Childcare

Posted on February 26, 2019 : Posted in Early Child Care, Legacy Academy
Career in childcare

If you ask an adult for the names of people who have had a significant impact on their lives, it is not unusual for them to list teachers and caretakers from their childhood. Working with children is a difficult but immensely rewarding career path. If you are interested in a career in childcare, there are considerations to make before you begin. Today we will look at some key questions to ask yourself as you begin pursuing career opportunities in the field of childcare and early childhood education.

What Are My Qualifications?

Obviously, there are certain positions in childcare that require specific degrees, training, and qualifications. With this in mind, it is a good idea to first take a look at the ways you are qualified for a career in childcare. However, don’t limit yourself if you don’t have a specific education degree. There are many forms of education and experience that are beneficial in the world of childcare. For instance, a business degree is an excellent qualification for owning a childcare franchise or other education center. And experience in art, music, engineering, and other specialties can translate beautifully into an early education classroom.

Which Kind of Childcare Interests Me?

There are many different sorts of childcare, so it is important to narrow your focus. Consider what age children you want to work with. For instance, infants and toddlers require a very different sort of care than school-aged children. Also, consider the environment you are hoping to work within. In-home childcare operates during different hours and with alternative structures than childcare in a school or facility setting. If you desire to focus more on education and teaching, you will probably want to pursue a career in childcare with an afterschool program or preschool. Alternatively, if you love the early years and want to care for children in their first few years of life, focus on daycare and childcare facilities with infant and toddler programs.

What Role Do I Hope to Have?

It may be that you want to start something new. In this case, you have the option of striking out on your own or participating in something larger (such as a childcare franchise). Either way, beginning something new most likely means that your role would primarily be administrative. Your interaction with the children may take a back seat to the details of day-to-day program management. If you want to maximize your interaction with the children under your care, you should consider teaching, assisting, or caretaking roles. Even without an early education degree, you can often assist in a classroom and begin getting experience to further your career in childcare.

Would a Childcare Franchise Be Right for Me?

If you live in an area with a lack of quality childcare but feel overwhelmed with the idea of striking out on your own, a childcare franchise may be the perfect solution for you. As you become an owner and operator of a high-quality childcare facility, you also gain the reputation, framework, and support that comes from a larger network. In the case of Legacy Academy franchises, that support includes a state-of-the-art curriculum that is based on all of the latest scientific research on education, brain development, and early childhood. Additionally, each of our locations is either NAEYC accredited or in the process of accreditation. For the right person, a daycare franchise is both personally rewarding and financially profitable.

A career in childcare is an admirable and noble pursuit. If this path interests you, answering the above questions will give you a good sense of direction as you pursue your dream. Interested in learning more about your options? Request a free info kit from Legacy Academy today!