If you love working with children, and are looking for opportunities to make a living working with children, there are several options for professional child care in Orange County. Figuring out which is the best option for you will depend on several factors including the type of environment you would like to work in, the kind of training and/or education you have, and the amount of professional child care experience that you have.
If you enjoy working in a structured environment with multiple children, finding a career as a Pre-School Teacher, Elementary School Teacher, or in a Day Care setting could be right for you. If you prefer working in a more intimate setting where you can provide more one to one attention to children, then finding a position as a Nanny where you would provide in-home care would be a good option. Working with children outside of a home environment typically means that you will be working with several children. Depending upon the facility and age group, that typically means a teacher to child ratio of 1:4 or more. Also, most schools and day care facilities follow a specific curriculum when it comes to activities and educations. Working as a nanny generally means that you will have an opportunity to give your charges more one to one attention, and depending upon the family’s wishes, will typically have more flexibility in terms of daily activities.
Finding a career as a teacher will certainly require some level of education. Whether it is some college units (Early Childhood Education), an Associates Degree from a Community College, or a Bachelors Degree from a University. Educational requirement for Day Care facilities will vary based on the facility. In terms of educational requirement for nannies, while many nannies may have various college credits or degrees, it is generally not a requirement unless specified as such by the family. Also, many who are seeking a career as a teacher will often work as a nanny while going to school in order to accumulate more professional child care experience.
The amount of professional child care experience that you have will also dictate what options are available to you. Schools and Day Care facilities will certainly require some professional experience, where as working as a nanny will generally not require as much experience. So, how do you go about getting professional child care experience in Orange County? If you are just starting out, getting on a site where you can showcase your profile to families is a good place to start. Also, many educational programs provide students with opportunities to work with children in a professional setting. Working with an agency such as Crunch Care in Orange County, is also a great option, however reputable agencies will require nanny candidates to have a minimum of 2 to 5 years of professional child care experience in Orange County.
If you are interested in working for an agency, give Crunch Care a call at (949) 415-7350 to inquire about opportunities.