- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I need a little advice. I know that I will never be rich working in Childcare, but that is not my goal…I am looking for a career that I will genuinely enjoy. I do know that I enjoy this, because I worked for a year in the infant room of a center as an Aide. That being said, I also do need to pay my bills. Our long term goal is that I will eventually stay home with our children, and possibly open a small in home daycare. Right now I am considering taking a child development course or CDA – but I am wondering if it is ‘worth it’? I currently work in retail with a decent paying position, but when the time comes to open the doors to my daycare, I dont think “I’ve been working in a Grocery Store for the past 5 years’ will cut it when talking about my childcare experience! The part that makes me think it may not be worth it is – I recently had a conversation with the Director of a chain of centers in my area, and she informed me that Lead Teachers (as in probably a 4 year degree) start at $11-12 an hour! I think that is beyond ridiculous, I mean I make more than that as a cashier right now – with no student loans!
So, If you dont mind answering, Id like to ask of you ladies from around the country/world:
Did you go to school before working in childcare? Which program/degree?
How much do you currently make an hour? What did you start at?
Do you think it is necessary for me to attend college before opening a home daycare?
Do you still enjoy your career?
…and anything else you think would be great advice for me!
Thanks much! 🙂