Going back to school can be quite an adventure, especially while balancing the demands of a nanny job. By choosing classes that can help improve your craft as a childcare provider, however, you can enhance your mind and your skills at the same time.
As an adult returning to the classroom, you have a distinct advantage.
“For all their responsibilities, adults tend to deeply understand the value of education as it relates to an improved quality of life, says Lynette Hazelton of the District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund in Philadelphia, Pa. “Consequently, they are more serious students less concerned with enhancing their social life and less concerned about the opinion of peers, which allows a teacher to focus more deeply on the material at hand.”
Choosing classes that will help you personally and professionally takes careful consideration, but in the end they can provide you with the tools you need to perfect your skills and provide the best care for your children. So pack your book bag and prepare for the learning experience of a lifetime.
Many colleges offer continuing education courses that may apply directly to your career as a nanny.
Brush up on your skills with the following courses at a community college or community center:
Even though you may already have your degree, refresher courses offer the skill boost you may need, says Dr. Michael Provitera, Florida-based former professor and author of “Mastering Self-Motivation.”
“The advantage of going back to school as an adult is that you bring experience,” says Provitera. “At the undergraduate level, you can apply your coursework to the job and vice versa.”
Early Childhood Education
Continuing your education can also keep your skill set from aging, according to Hazelton. “We stress that learning is a lifelong pursuit and adults must make continuous investments in their own learning,” she says.
Whether you are seeking a degree or looking to learn more about changes in the childcare industry, early childhood education programs can offer nannies experience and knowledge they can put to use right away.
As you browse through college catalogs, consider the following courses, often found in early childhood education programs:
As you seek out courses and college programs to further your education, consider the cost, convenience and flexibility of scheduling before enrolling. Depending on your location, many hospitals, community centers and health food stores offer seminars and workshops focused on early childhood education. For the degree-seeker, consider the pros and cons between community colleges and four-year universities.
“In general terms, community colleges probably still offer the best bang for the buck and they have a long history of dealing with the non-traditional student,” says Hazelton. “However, for adults willing to investigate carefully, an increasing number of colleges are catering to this non-traditional demographic because that is where the growth is. To attract adults, they are redesigning very attractive, flexible programs.”← How Nannies Can Teach Children Healthy Habits | Finding Work/Life Balance as a Full-Time Nanny →