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What Are Your Career Options in the Early Education Field?

Career Options After an Early Childhood Education Program

In our last article, we took a look at some common career options for someone who has a certification in early childhood education. Let us now take an in-depth look at one of these options – that of a home-based child care provider.

What Are Your Career Options in the Early Education Field?

Home-Based Child Care Service Provider

Job Opportunities

Many parents prefer to have a home-based care provider for their children. This is because with this arrangement the children will receive one-on-one attention and the relationship between the child and the caregiver will be at a more personal level. Parents also feel more secure having a person look after their children at their own home, rather than leaving their children at a day care center. As such, home care providers are very much in demand.

Job Profile

A home-based care provider is responsible for some, many or all of the following responsibilities, depending on their contract, salary, etc. Their list of duties includes:
  •  The educational development of the child.
  •  Creation of planned activities appropriate for the child’s developmental level.
  •  Appropriate nutrition at meal times.
  •  Constant communication with the parents about the progress and growth of the child.

This will depend on the hours of work. Many people become full time home-based child care providers and they get a substantial salary. The average salary for a home-based child care provider ranges from $14,000 to $35,000 depending on the hours and range of work.
This is an ideal job for people who would like to earn money on a part time basis. They can negotiate their hours of work with the family to suit both parties. Others use this as a stepping stone to get some experience for a career in education.