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    Default Looking after daycare kids vs your own??

    I'm researching new career options and quite like the idea of a masters in teaching for preschoolers. However, some days I find managing my own 3 kids impossible!! My 22 month old wants to breastfeed all the time and hangs onto my legs, she's so full on. I find it hard to get anything done and have time for my 6 and 9 year old. When I have time to plan activities or when on top of housework I love spending time with them. I wouldn't be daunted by a nice preschool but I wonder how you know if you are suited to childcare as I know as part of the training at least I'd have to do work in a long daycare centre.

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    Kudos to you if you can manage other kids. I only seem to have patience for mine.

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    Seriously, other kids is easy - they don't have the emotional connection with you that you have with your own.

    I only have one 5 year old dd and she's a great kid , I find it so hard to entertain her - my group of ten 2 year old easy as!

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    I would highly recommend trying it before you commit. I worked as Ed support in primary then decided to get my Grad Dip Ed for Primary Teaching. I felt like I knew what I was getting myself into and would contunye to say so now after teaching for a while.

    In WA I could teach Kindy (4yo) through to year 7 - and did. I had a week relief replacing the Kindy teacher early on in my career. It was one of the most tiring weeks I have ever taught! There were 2 groups 1. Mon-Tues-Wed Morning. 2. Wed afternoon-Thurs-Fri, 20 in each and I had a full time assistant. DD was 3 at the time.

    I remember coming home on the last day and, after a whole week of having to repeat myself 10 times for every instruction, constant neediness x20, constant vigilance and having to be 'positive' all the time, I got home to my daughter nagging, my DH nagging and I just screamed at them both to leave me the hell alone, ran back to the car and burst into tears.

    But that's me and it cemented that I am much more suited to upper primary. I think Kindy and Prep teachers are amazing - but many junior school teachers think I am amazing as they just cannot handle the older grades.

    I'm in middle school this year (was ready for a challenge) teaching the same age group as my daughter. I think this has been a really bad idea. I thought it would be great and exciting us both being in the same year (different schools), but it sucks having to manage 8yo attitude all day then come home and deal with it some more.

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    I do relief teaching and find I am so much more exhausted doing prep than the older primary grades as they are so dependent. Then I have to come home to my own dependent children (1 and 3). So I think maybe slightly older kids could work better. In saying that, you may love it. Teaching is an amazing job!

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    I'm a teacher 15+ years. Currently studying for my Masters Degree in special education.
    I have 1 daughter. She has special needs. I don't find other children difficult at all. I prefer middle to upper primary.
    But I won't go and work in a special school. Too close to home for me iykwim. I'd like to work in inclusion support etc.
    I think it's a good idea to get some experience in it. .. volunteer/do teachers aide certificate or something and see if it's for you.

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    I agree with try before you buy and also working out if that qual would lead to you getting a job at the end. Ie is a Masters the way to get the desired job? Eg in my line of work a Masters is more of an academic qual for someone who is a specialist and well into their career rather than a specific qual required to get the job. I am not familiar with what would be the best qual to gain a position in your desired role. Some work experience would help i think. All the best with your studies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleriv View Post
    I agree with try before you buy and also working out if that qual would lead to you getting a job at the end. Ie is a Masters the way to get the desired job? Eg in my line of work a Masters is more of an academic qual for someone who is a specialist and well into their career rather than a specific qual required to get the job. I am not familiar with what would be the best qual to gain a position in your desired role. Some work experience would help i think. All the best with your studies.
    I've only just discovered this master of teaching that's only 2 years full time but is vocational and leads to a teaching qualification. Most are for school teachers but I've found one that's for early childhood and is online. That really appeals as I could start doing part time next year. Most other study options I'd probably have to wait until dd2 is in school and that's nearly 4 years away. But I must confess I'm more interested in the study aspect than the job!! I miss using my brain soooo much and I feel early childhood could be a good fit study wise just not sure about longevity as you don't hear about 70 year olds working in daycare! Oh god this all makes me feel so old and past it. I'm totally panicking as I have so little time to research and keep hitting brick walls with most of my ideas...

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    You do see 70 year old Kindy teachers though (which would be your qual).

    I loved going back to study and using that part of my brain again. As a teacher it doesn't end either as you need to keep up your PD requirements to stay registered.

    I think the Masters has all but replaced the Grad Dip Ed that I did because they realised jamming everything you needed to become a teacher into one year is way too much.

    I think working with kids is a "you can or you can't" sort of thing. Hence why we're all saying try it first.

    That said, my motivation for retraining as a teacher was more than 50% due to the fact that it was a job that suited the lifestyle I wanted once kids came along.

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    lol you are so not even close to being old and past it. it is awesome that you are looking into options for study and work. How invigorating!! It will be great.

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