From Teacher to Private Educator
Grab a coffee, my teacher peeps!
I have great news! There are so many wonderful families hiring private educators right now. The need is greater than ever to work with private families as an educator/caregiver….educarer, if you will. A little backstory. I taught grades Pre-K-5th early on in my career. At certain points I focused on working with private families as a full-time nanny where, because of my SPED background, I helped to bring targeted learning goals into the home. I have enjoyed both roles immensely! Hopefully this article will help you consider your options as you look ahead towards Fall.
Let’s look at some of the similarities and differences between classroom teaching and private childcare…
1) Schedule: Your daily routine will be much more organic as a nanny. You will be following a routine that meets the full spectrum of social/emotional needs. Nutrition, activity, rest/repair, education all play a key part in managing the day successfully. This may fall into place naturally if you’re familiar with the Whole Child approach.
2) Scale: You may be working with multiple children, each with different developmental capacities and learning goals. You may already be well prepared for this if you are experienced in differentiation or leveled grouping.
3) Responsibilities: Just as you would do in the classroom, you’re going to prep and tidy any spaces that were utilized. Your work spaces will undoubtedly extend into the children’s areas, kitchen, outdoors, and possibly the laundry room. You may also be helping with household responsibilities that are not solely child-focused (dish loading/unloading, errands, meal prep). Embrace the benefits of helping the whole family thrive!
4) Parents: One of the best parts of being a nanny is the parent-camaraderie. As teachers, we have limited interactions with parents. As a nanny you get to celebrate the wins and collaborate on a daily basis. There can be several opportunities to touch-base with parents throughout the day, and it’s very rewarding to share good news and milestones. Think of the parents as teammates, as you will regularly collaborate to ensure the child’s success.
5) Community: This may be the one the greatest differences between school-as-office vs. home-as-office. As a teacher, community is built-in. As a nanny, your social circle is limited at first. The great news is that there are countless nanny communities to join. The opportunity for classes, play dates, lessons and support extends far beyond the front door. The nanny community is STRONG. If you need help creating connections, please reach out to Starling Agency so we can help you find your tribe!
6) Prep: Keep in mind that most parents have never been a teacher. They may not realize the time that goes into prep. Simply explain to your employers that you will need time to prep if you’re creating materials or setting up a project. You may be able to prep during naps or down time, but realistically this time is key for taking care of yourself (lunch, hydrate, etc) so you can be the best educarer when the kiddos are active. Simply let your employers know how much time you’ll need to prep, so you can collaborate on the best time to do so.
7) Curriculum: Bring that laminator out of storage, my friends! This is your chance to be creative! As teachers our curriculum is often limited by time. Unfortunately there’s a finite amount of opportunity to explore and expand on ideas. Sometimes we have amazing ideas that can build a concept through cross-curricular lessons, but it just doesn’t work into the schedule. Well, now’s your chance to solidify that concrete knowledge with thematic-unit-palooza! You’ll also find infinite opportunity throughout the day for experiential learning.
ABOUT US: Starling Agency is a nanny placement service proudly serving the Seattle area. We specialize in referring highly educated nannies that are passionate about helping children learn and grow. We utilize proprietary resources, professional networks, and expert screening methods, to help your family hire an exceptional nanny. Starling Agency is a run by parents and educators.