I have a college degree but I am a family child care provider. This is WAY more common that most people realize. Some people decide that they want to stay home with their children but they need more than one income to live from. Becoming a child care provider can be a way to bring in an income at the same time be available for your own children.
None of those reasons are why I became a child care provider. My plan was to become a Kindergarten teacher. I was strongly cautioned about my career path because apparently teachers of younger children experience high rates of teacher burn out. But I had already worked with children for several years before I joined the military as a babysitter and while teaching all age groups can be fulfilling, I found that my patience was particularly strong and steady when it came to younger children.
The day my career goals changed was the day I entered an elementary pre-k program in Florida for an observation. I was so enamored with the bright classroom and the tiny people asking questions and seeking out new learning opportunities. But the biggest influence came while speaking to the teacher. She informed me that most working parents could not afford the high-quality preschools that some of the children attend due to the weird hours that preschools set. As standards change for Kindergarten more and more children are starting behind the curve.
This simple fact is what changed the course of career forever. I decided after leaving that school I wanted to help working parents and parents of children who could not afford high priced preschool. My idea to create my own preschool was born. As my idea began to form it was decided I would not open until I had finished my degree. It was very important that I give the parents a teacher that was just as dedicated to the early education of their child as they were.
I found Mother Goose Time during the search for a curriculum I could use with my students. I didn’t want the curriculum to be totally art and superficial. I wanted to introduce them to all sorts of concepts like Geography.
As well as math, reading and writing. It took me a very long time to pick out the curriculum I wanted to use with my classroom. It was so important to me that whatever I picked out was fun and interesting for the children. I wanted to build a program that addressed the gap many children of working parents fall into. Part of that was making sure I had the right tools in place to teach children.
For me this is not just a job it is a way for me to give back and help narrow the gap. All children deserve high quality education and parents deserve to feel confident that their child is safe and having fun learning.
Mother Goose Time provides the curriculum for an honest review.