I have worked in childcare for seven years and when a parents ask me for advice they always say ” you are a parent what would you do?”
Working in childcare is not easy to say the least. I moved From New York To Florida and many of the regulations are different. Having to adjust with a larger ratio in the classroom it can take a toll on a teacher.
I work with toddlers and the ratio from students to a teacher is 6 to 1. Now could you imagine having six different personalities to run around after ? Some children just decide to do their own thing and that is when we redirect the child.
When a child gets sick in childcare our job is to observe the child. We look and notice things a child may not do on a daily bases. We give administration a call to get the child’s temperature and give a call to the parent.
Parent speaks with the teacher (ME) and the conversation starts with how’s my child? then parent asks for your advice. Now the question I get many times would be, You are a parent what do you think I should Do ?
I think about It.
I think about it again.
I get caught up with my thoughts because I know as a teacher it would be one less child in the class but as a parent there are so many things running through my head.
As a parent I think about do I have the time to take off work to pick up my child and do I have enough money to leave my job for this pay period. If I go and pick up my child and my child only has a mild fever I think the teachers can wait.
If the child shows more signs of feeling sick yes, I would tell the parent to come pick up the child.
Caring for children and knowing your are making a difference in their early years is the most rewarding feeling. It feels great to work with children and make ever lasting bonds with families.