Thinking about a career in early childhood education? Early education is all about heart, a place to showcase your passion for children, for learning and for making the world a better place — one child at a time.
Here are five reasons to look into this rewarding field:
1. A Love for Children
It may go without saying, but in child care, a passion for making an impact on young lives is paramount.
“I love seeing the spark in a child’s eye when something clicks,” says Sydney, a Toddler Teacher at Primrose School at Old Henry Crossing in Louisville, Kentucky. “When they finally write their name and they run up to me with a huge smile to show me what they did. It makes me feel like I am affecting these children’s lives in a positive way.”
2. Organizational Skills
Teaching children can be chaotic. As an authority figure, children will look to you as the source of order in their world.
Naturally, an organized and prepared teacher is immensely valuable and effective.
“The older classes need to be learning on a strict schedule, while infant teachers are fitting learning moments between bottle feedings, diaper changes and nap times,” says Tabitha, an Infant Teacher at Primrose School of Brentwood in Brentwood, Tennessee. “There are eight different schedules that we’re adhering to at the same time, so we just have to be flexible and organized.”
3. Positive Energy
Positivity is a ubiquitous trait at Primrose Schools and a rock-solid foundation that any aspiring teacher can build a wonderful career upon.
“Positivity isn’t something you can genuinely fake,” says Walter, a Pre-K Teacher at the Primrose School of Roswell North in Roswell, Georgia. “You have to truly see things through a positive light, especially when things get a little tough.”
4. A Sense of Humor
If you teach young children, your days will never be dull, and you will learn to expect the unexpected.
Keeshemah, a Pre-K Teacher at Primrose School of The Westchase District in Houston, says children recognize authenticity. She advises new teachers to explore what makes them happy, be it singing, dancing or making funny faces.
“The children will feed off of you,” she says.
5. A Desire to Do Good
At the core of our Balanced Learning® curriculum is the Primrose Promise,℠ a mission to help all children, especially those who are less fortunate. Teachers have the opportunity to undertake service projects throughout the year.
Their efforts have been a huge success. In 2016, Primrose Schools raised more than $290,000 for local children’s hospitals, foster homes and other organizations. The same year, staff, children and families at Primrose schools donated more than 33,000 books to local libraries, schools in need and children’s hospitals, and they donated nearly 270,000 nonperishable food items to help people in need.