Caring For Our Future: Becoming an Early Childhood Assistant
Career Path : Childcare
Children are our future. We never know if this child playing with toy building blocks will one day engineer our buildings and bridges, or if that child messing around with finger paints will one day revolutionize our attitudes towards art. The first few years of life is full of new discoveries which will shape the way children see and organize the world about them. The influence, guidance and care we give to children is one of the most important factors in helping shape themselves and preparing them for the world. But not every parent is able to be home with their children full time. And not everyone is able to have children when they would like to.
If you are a parent with a full-time job outside of the house, you will most likely need to engage the services of an early childhood assistant (ECA). Or, if you are interested in working with children but are not yet at a point in your life when you are ready to have your own, then exploring a career as an early childhood assistant is a great way to find out if this is right for you. Not only can it serve as an experiential trial for raising children, but it is also an extremely rewarding experience teaching children, learning from children, and helping families. And not all ECAs are childless themselves; if your own children have grown up and no longer need the attention you gave them when they were young, working as an ECA is a great way to reconnect with the wonderful world of early childhood.
There are many different kinds of work options for an early childhood assistant. Many work directly with families in their private homes. You will find with this work you are not so much an employee as a part of the family, and the children you care for will always remember the positive influences and guidance you gave them. Aside from private residences, employment opportunities exist in daycare centres, nursery and kindergarten schools, and even some government-assisted organizations. This kind of work is better suited to someone who wants to care for many children. It might be less personal and the relationships to the children may not be as strong as within private homes, but scope of influence and variety of child types in larger settings has its own diverse rewards.
Attending an early childhood college provides the aspiring professionals with a comprehensive study of the necessary skills, for example: child development, observation skills, communications skills, health and safety, nutrition, first aid and more. A good program should also help the student be prepared for what to expect when looking for work, and even have a job-placement program to help them get started.
Being an early childhood assistant is not merely a substitute for having children, nor is hiring an ECA for your child a substitute for parenting. It is a mutually-giving and taking relationship between the caregiver, the children, the parents and the communities. Caring for children is helping to raise a better future.
Visit The National Academy of Health And Business to find out about getting an early childcare assistant diploma.