As a parent, you can either give up your career, ease back into it as your offspring get older, or follow a different path. You’re likely reading this page today because you’re a parent that wants to get back into working (not that being a parent isn’t a job in itself!).
If you’re thinking of following a different career path, have you ever considered becoming a preschool teacher? Some of you might think that’s a crazy idea, but it isn’t. It makes perfect sense. Here’s why such a career choice can be very rewarding:
1. You already have experience of working with kids
Yes, it’s stating the obvious. But one of the biggest reasons why becoming a preschool teacher is rewarding is due to your existing experience with your own children. You already know all about the trials and tribulations of working with kids.
And yet you can use that to your advantage by ensuring each child’s learning journey in your class is fun and memorable.
2. You’ll ace any tests needed to get qualified
As you can appreciate, you can’t become a preschool teacher without having some formal training and qualifications. Yes, you’ve already got most of the skills needed to do the job. However, a teacher of early childhood education still needs to prove that on paper.
Thankfully you’ll find getting the qualifications you need a breeze. That’s because you can draw on your own experiences at home.
3. You’ll help to shape young minds
Being a preschool teacher gives you a warm feeling knowing that you’re playing an active part in moulding young minds. You’re helping them to prepare for their future, and that alone will give you an enormous sense of achievement.
4. You’ll learn a thing or two yourself
The thing about being part of a child’s learning journey during their crucial early years is you’ll learn things too. You may learn about working with kids that have learning difficulties or might even be advanced for their years.
5. Your job will make you a better parent
There’s usually more than one way to accomplish specific goals. You’ll find that being a preschool teacher will give you some insight into how you can be a better parent to your children.
For example, you may learn how to better handle situations such as when your kids squabble over toys. Or you may discover how you can discuss certain issues with them in ways that are more understandable to younger children.
6. You get paid for being very creative in your teaching
Children of preschool age are most receptive at unlocking their inner creativity. Part of your job involves helping those kids channel that creativity and discover how they can use their skills when they get older.
7. Preschool children are willing students
Last but not least, kids of preschool age are very willing to learn about new things. The subjects you teach might relate to art, the environment around us, or even STEM subjects. In any case, those kids will be excited to learn about the things you teach them!