Childcare can be rewarding. The innocence of kids warms the heart and stirs protectiveness in most people. The parental instinct can be very strong, even if there are people out there who are ambivalent or even scared of kids. However, as rewarding as it is, childcare can also be challenging.
The biggest challenge is, of course, the children.
Every child has different needs, and handling multiple at once can be harrowing for the inexperienced. Even in the most maternal or paternal people, children can wear their patience thin. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to succeed at caring for just one child.
“It takes a village to raise a child,” as the proverb goes.
However, if you are managing a childcare facility, there are even more challenges to worry about. Most of them are not directly related to the kids in your care, but to administration and other tasks.
Parents can be challenging. Communicating with anyone has its unique difficulties, and this extends to the parents. Sometimes, they just refuse to listen to what you have to say. Nothing their kid does can be flawed or wrong, and any concerns about the behaviour you have might not reflect what is seen at home.
Sometimes, parents can be difficult to reach. Their busy schedules are what make them leave their kids in your care, and they have very little time to spare during the day. In most cases, they would love to have more time to spend with the kids, but circumstances keep that away.
Time is also a limiting factor for you. Between caring for children and the various tasks you need to perform on top of that, you might not have the time to do it all. Sometimes, even time management skills can fail to keep up.
The amount of paperwork involved, for instance, can be surprising. At times, it can feel like there are documents for everything. The amount of paperwork that plays into things like hiring, taxes, and records can be staggering and a little confusing.
Time spent doing anything else is also time spent away from caring for the children. For older or more independent kids, a lack of focus isn’t so bad. For the rest, they need more positive and present attention. It is especially bad if they get hurt while you aren’t watching them.
Let’s face it; money is also a huge challenge.
You could lack funding. Childcare facilities require some measure of upkeep, and there are utility bills to consider. Even a small space eats up cash. If your money is tight, you might also have to sacrifice things or do office tasks yourself – taking even more time away from the childcare.
A lack of money means you might not be able to hire the right people. Finding individuals who are good at childcare is hard enough.
Another related problem is a lack of pay. Childcare requires lots of dedication and time, and you don’t always see that effort and care reflected in your pay. It can be disheartening to put your soul into your work and barely make enough to make ends meet.