The childcare industry has upgraded its status as a career in the past few years. Even teachers who have been in the public schools have discovered that they can make a difference if they take a position in a childcare center. Some teachers who have been in the public schools now prefer to teach in a childcare center because they are free to teach with developmentally-appropriate methods that public schools may still be fighting. The new changes to No Child Left Behind have created upgrades to childcare centers with new staff guidelines. One important change to staffing qualifications that No Child Left Behind now requires is that childcare workers must have at least an associates’ degree and/or a B.A. degree in early childhood education to work in childcare.
Sarasota has many childcare centers that try to hire teachers with the upgraded qualifications. However, childcare jobs for 2012 in Sarasota will be difficult to find. Sarasota has the lowest percentage of childcare positions with its standing at 0.7 relative to its population in the childcare market. On average, there are 740 jobs in childcare in the Sarasota area. The job outlook in 2012 for childcare workers in the community will be much lower. The average salary for a childcare teacher/ caregiver in Sarasota is $18,960. Centers that will be hiring will be looking for teachers/caregivers who can meet the professional standards in qualifications in order to really justify the salary.
Approximately 35% of childcare providers are now self-employed. Sarasota has many home childcare providers. Parents who are looking for a home childcare environment can find a quality center by accessing a list from www.lookforthestars.org . This organization provides its star ratings for both home childcare centers and other childcare centers. Teachers/caregivers who are looking for a position as a childcare worker might find it a good idea to apply at these home centers.
One suggestion for upgrading your resume to obtain a position in childcare for 2012 is to use key professional words such as “instructional aid” and “childcare aid.” Using these two terms make it possible for you to obtain a part-time position. With the current job market in the childcare industry in Sarasota, you are more likely to find a part-time position. Centers will be reluctant to hire for full-time positions. A second suggestion for upgrading your resume is to communicate that you are interested in a substitute position. Directors are always looking for substitutes. This will be a good way to get to know the area centers. Substituting will be a way to get noticed if a full-time position opens up in a center.
The job market for childcare workers in Sarasota for 2012 is bleak, but with a little creative “tweeking” to your resume, interested teachers/caregivers might find a position in which you can make a difference to our children.