Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! We are officially half way through the work week. Since it is a weekday, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you what a day of my job looks like! I am a daycare teacher, so I care for kids from the ages of 6 weeks-12 years. However, most of the time I am either in the infant/toddler room. So that is what my post is going to be about today! A day in the life of a daycare teacher. Hope you enjoy! 🙂
Depending on what time I have to go in, I am either eating breakfast at this time or leaving my house to arrive at the daycare.
Whenever I arrive at work I go put my things on a hook and meet everyone in the green room. The green room is technically the pre-k room, but it is where everyone meets in the morning before breaking off into the smaller classrooms.
When we get into the toddler classroom diaper changes start. I typically do them first. I also work with another teacher in the classroom, so we take turns on diaper changes. We can have anywhere from 5-10 kids daily. I have definitely become an expert diaper changer. My first day I think it took me like 40 minutes to change 10 diapers, but now it takes me like 15-20m.
At this time we start picking up toys if the kids got any out, and just start getting the classroom ready for the day. Also, we start washing the kids’s hands and prepping them to eat breakfast. You would be surprised how much energy it takes to get 10 crazy toddlers all sitting around one big table to eat.
This is the time breakfast arrives. What we eat differs, but usually there is always a main course & two sides.
Clean up time. We clean up from breakfast, sweep the floor, and get the kids ready for the next activity.
What we do in this time frame differs. Weather permitting we go outside for 45 minutes, but if not we stay inside and play. We also usually have some sort craft going on at this time.
Another round of diaper changes. Obviously, if kids need changed in between diaper changes we do it. This is just when we check everyones diaper collectively. Toys are also cleaned up at this time. While one person is doing diapers the other is usually entertaining the other children with songs & books.
Lunch time! One of the best parts of the day. We sit all the kids down and eat another meal. This meal can get a bit messy, so bibs always go on. Obviously, also washing the kids’s hands before & after they eat! 🙂
Lunch usually finishes at this time, and we begin to clean up again. The kids usually go over to the carpet and grab books.
At this time we get out their cots, turn on soothing music, and pat their backs till they fall asleep. After the kids are all asleep my other partner teacher takes a break, then when she gets back I take mine.
During this time, I clean up the room. We have a cleaning checklist that we check off everyday. Most of it consists of cleaning the diaper changing area, bathroom, sinks, toys, door handles, light switches, restocking diapers, etc.
This is when I take my lunch break!
Naptime ends right around this time, so that means it is time for some more diaper changes!
After butts are all changed, and cots are put away it is time for snack.
After snack is the typical cleanup regime, and we pretty well play the rest of the day! Weather permitting we go outside, but if not we have plenty of toys inside! Kids also start leaving around this time.
Numbers start to get low during these times. Usually this is also when my boss starts to send staff home. We take turns on who gets to leave first. I typically get my early day on Monday. Diaper checks also happen quite frequently during these times as well.
There you have it. That is a day in my life as a daycare teacher. It is not the most glamorous or elaborate thing, but I love it! Every day is a different day with how the children act and what activities we do. It is truly so amazing to see kids at this developmental stage at their life. Where everyday they are progressing.
I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you would like to see any other posts revolving around being a daycare teacher. Have a great rest of your week.
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