Working with children is an incredibly rewarding experience. Unlike many other professions, you directly observe the fruits of your labor as the children grow more competent. You watch them grow both internally and externally every day, especially when you work with children who are under the age of five. If you enjoy working with children then you should consider turning your passion into a career. You can easily earn a vocational degree with an emphasis in child day care in a short amount of time. These degrees are designed to allow you to focus on a specific set of job skills that are immediately useful in the workforce upon graduation. Working in a day care center, either as an employee or owner-operator, usually requires a license from the state and/or local government. Some governments require formal education to obtain these licenses.
Vocational degrees can be earned online in a relatively short time, but if you need to break up the flow of classes due to life circumstances, online schools can accommodate this. Many traditional offline schools do not offer vocational degrees, but most online schools have a variety of degree options available. The emphasis on child day care means that you would earn a degree in that subject and learn how to work with young children and run a day care. Specifically, these degrees focus on instruction in child development, early childhood pedagogical methods, and safety instruction, including first aid. Once you complete your degree, you can earn continuing education credits to stay on top of the latest research on child development.
While learning the basics of child care online is generally convenient, online schools do not do a good job giving students hands-on experience at local day care centers. If you intend to study online, it is highly recommended that you arrange to intern at a local day care center. The work you can do may be limited due to licensing restrictions, but the experience will still be invaluable.