So you’ve decided that you like babies and you want to make it your profession. Great because parents nowadays are moving on a busy schedule. That’s why parents of a newborn or a toddler are looking for quality childcare providers who can take care of their child in the right way when they’re out for their work.
How To Take Charge?
But starting to take care of others child isn’t that straight-forward and it can be tough to figure out what to do next.
That’s why we compiled a list of steps that you need to complete before you start taking care of other people’s child.
1. Get Proper Education
While you may not need an advanced degree to start taking care of other people’s child, obtaining a bachelor’s or an associate degree in early childhood education can definitely give you a right start you’re looking for.
Your degree in early childhood education is more than just a piece of paper. Your degree will help you stand out among other people by demonstrating your understanding of childcare and establishes credibility.
2. Look for Licensing
You have to look for proper licensing even before you start your daycare facility. Licensing requirements usually vary from state to state. But most states will require some form of licensing to start your daycare.
Comply with Rules and Regulations
For example, according to Fundera Inc. New York state requires the head of the childcare facility to comply with either one of them.
- An associate degree or higher in early childhood education or something equivalent to it.
- CDA credentials and at least 2 years of experience caring for children.
- A high school diploma and at least 3 years of experience of taking care of children.
Also, depending on your state, You and your stuff may need to be CPR-certified. You may have to go through advance background check too.
3. Join a Child Development Center or Start Your Own
You can start your career either through working on a child development center or starting a daycare facility.
If you’re looking for a job in other child development centers, make sure you have obtained proper childcare licensing and training.
However, if you’re looking to start a childcare facility, you need to:
- Make sure your childcare facility meets every safety standards set by your state or central government. If you buy or lease different properties for making your daycare facility, then you have to make sure that it complies with fire, health, and safety law.
- You may also need to get liability insurance depending on your residential state.
- In some states, you can only hire staffs who have obtained their proper licensing and education.
In the End…
A childcare provider plays a big role in any child’s education and overall development. That’s why getting the right start is very important to start your childcare career and continue to grow.
Follow the steps described above and you may also get to take care of children that are not your own.