When someone says kindergarten what comes to our minds is a hundred little ones screaming and pushing each other. Whilst it may not be a very wrong picture, it is not the only one. A kindergarten is an educational methodology usually based on kids coming together and learning whilst undergoing fun activities such as playing, singing and other practical stuff, like drawing and social collaboration. It is a pathway to the school from home.
Careers in a kindergarten
Teacher is the main job in a Montessori. A nursery teacher should be a person with a specific character. Most of the time we see females owning up to this role as it is expected a nursery teacher should be a patient, empathetic and a child-friendly person. However there is no rule which says a male cannot assume the role. If you are interested in a career as such you should follow a suitable course. There are many Montessori courses but take care to choose an accredited programme. It will help if you undergo additional nursing CPD courses as kids are always prone to accidents.
What you should know
People say top management jobs are stressful. They put down teaching and the like as “easy” jobs. This cannot be more further from the truth. The reality is at the end of the day you can see the smile of a child if you do your job right. But never expect it to be less stressful or distressing; kids are all different from each other. Their behavior will depend on their characteristics, family conditions, religious bringing up and so many other things. But the parents will expect you to train the kid to an acceptable standard. What you need to remember is, it is as much as the parents’ as well as your job to shape the future of the little ones. If they are spoiled at home no matter how hard you try at school they won’t learn discipline. A kindergarten is a halfway through destination, it is an ideal place to convert a wayward child to a good school kid. If need be, you will have to address the parents and teach them about the best methods to bring a kid up.
Strengthen your application
Montessori courses include child psychology, encouraging discipline of children, sensorial learning, and topics such as language, mathematics, and music & art. You have to complete an accredited course and gain work experience to be proficient in child management. If you know how to manage a classroom it can be applied to many classrooms and you can even start your own kindergarten to become an entrepreneur.
Even though not directly applicable, study programmes such as for trauma, early childhood education, childhood and its legal applications, medical exposure in a suturing course, communications, social and health studies etc. will also be added advantages. All kids go to school hence they have to go through a kindergarten whether they like it or not. Although there are many nursery schools available, a quality place will carry the good word-of-mouth and have a high demand of its services. That is where you need to aim to be at.