When I send my baby to daycare, I’m not just trusting someone else to keep her safe, I’m trusting someone else to treat her with respect, love, and compassion. I’m trusting someone to teach her the things I value, to help her meet her milestones. The person I trust to take care of my child is invaluable. Unfortunately, the wage that some daycare workers make is not enough to sustain life above the poverty level.
It’s a cliche, but the children ARE our future! They are! We need to take care of them and nurture them in such a way that they will grow to become the kind of adults who can take over the world. Some daycares have people who deserve the minimum wage they earn. …Some daycares suck.
My baby goes to a daycare that is actually a school. The employees are all trained in things like CPR. They all attend conferences and learn about … well I’m not exactly sure what they learn but they remain current. Some of the employees have degrees, and some are students working on getting their degrees. But they are certainly NOT paid as much as they deserve.
My daughter JUST turned two and she knows her alphabet and her numbers. I do spend some time working on those things with her, but the truth is that her school taught her those things. So many days my little girl comes home and she has learned some lesson that she demonstrates for me and I feel so proud. I sometimes wish I could just give her daycare tons of money. Because they deserve it.
I know that it would take millions of dollars for someone to get me to spend my day with someone else’s gross kids. (Sorry, for the most part I think other kids are pretty yucky..) I’m not sure that someone COULD pay me to do that job. It takes a special sort of person to work at a daycare.
In France, the people who work at the daycares DO have degrees. It is a much more respectable profession in France. People take it much more seriously. After all, a daycare worker really isn’t just a babysitter. They aren’t just keeping your kid alive until you can come pick him or her up. They are laying the foundation that will last a lifetime. In France, the daycare workers make enough money that they don’t need to rely on government assistance programs to buy groceries.
It is true that it is mostly females who choose to work in daycares. Could that be one of the reasons it is so undervalued? Think about how hard it must be to spend all day with other people’s children! They should be making a lot of money.