I taught preschool for 15 years. Here’s what I saw: the good, the bad, and the scary. (2023)

My first job as a preschool teacher was at a local drop-in day care where I live in San Diego, California, that also ran a small preschool class. The school was one large, chaotic room with one smaller room for the “preschool” cordoned off by large, primary-colored plastic blocks. I taught for the first time in that tiny room, surrounded by the screaming, happy kids of the drop-in facility. Surely my kids didn’t learn anything in that din, but I loved them, and they were well cared for.

When my son turned 5 and entered kindergarten, I got a job at a typical preschool. The parents at this preschool were mostly lower middle class. I worked six hours a day, and when my son was out of school for holidays, I was able to bring him with me to work. I worked hard at my job and felt awe, at times fear, at the amount of influence I had over the children’s lives, their day-to-day emotional and mental health.

This preschool was typical of the preschools I taught at over the next 15 years, bad and good. Bad: high ratio of children to adult, very low pay for teachers, terrible teachers not getting fired or replaced. Good: joyful recess time outside, lots of story time and creative play, childhood friendships forming, and, often, friendships between good teachers and warm parents.

My time as a preschool teacher has taught me this: Parents cannot rely on preschools themselves, or the state and local laws that regulate the schools, to ensure their children are being treated well. Even at well-run preschools, I’ve seen teachers behave in subtly persistent or outright cruel and, at times, physically harmful ways. The strongest advocates for children are their parents.

Preschool teachers are hard to recruit and retain — and hard to fire, even if they’re terrible

A teacher at one of the schools where I worked early on was known as Scary Mary. This is what the 4-year-olds called her as they clustered in the corners of the playground. She was short, with a black bob, and she smiled ear to ear at the parents. Like a Disney villain, as soon as she was alone in her classroom with the kids, her voice changed from a high chirp to a bark. She maintained a glossy red manicure, and she’d snap her fingers while yelling at the kids. She often reacted to misbehavior with pointed, cruel remarks. An assistant teacher who worked with Scary Mary seemed completely terrified of her; she barely spoke.

Once, I walked by Scary Mary’s open door and saw her pull a child out of his seat. A blond boy who was prone to nose picking and daydreaming had once again let his lunch sit, uneaten, while he talked and giggled. Scary Mary yanked him out of his seat — hard enough that his knees hit the underside of the table — and wagged her finger in his face. “You are a bad boy!” she said. “Do you want your mom and dad to cry because you don’t eat? You want to be skinny and small like a girl?”

I went on my lunch break and made a complaint with the director. She nodded seriously and assured me she would talk to Mary.

A few weeks later, I saw Scary Mary grab another child by the belt loop. He cried as she leaned over him. All I could see was the small hump of her bent back and the rounded curve of his dimpled elbow sticking out.

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I cried in the hallway bathroom. I knew that Scary Mary was damaging the children she taught. I also knew that our director was going to try everything in her power to make Mary work out before she would even consider firing her. Firing an employee makes tongues wag; parents talk to each other, and it can make the school look unstable to have turnover. In addition, finding a reliable teacher with enough early childhood development units to teach a class, one who would work the hours needed and who interviewed even fairly well, was very difficult.

At the next preschool I taught at, I observed the director, over a period of a month, interview candidates for the position of the 2-year-old class. This preschool was full of mostly upper-middle-class families, with both parents working high-stress jobs. Most of the interviews took place during working hours, and often the director would walk the possible teacher through the classes, showing her (usually a woman) the classes, introducing the rest of us teachers. One prospective teacher looked at a baby I was holding and joked that he was an “ugly little thing,” and shared how sad it was that not all babies are cute or lovable. “I don’t really like babies anyway,” she said. “Hopefully I’ll get the 4-year-olds.”

I heard many upsetting comments like this from prospective and working teachers. Many teachers feel that other teachers are confidants: They tell us things that would never get said to the parents or the director. After a month, the director finally hired someone. She eventually fired her, after parents repeatedly complained about the chaos and lack of learning in her class. She spent a lot of time texting while the children did worksheets.

The Census Bureau states that 4.8 million children attend organized preschool or day care yearly. The degree to which child care facilities are regulated, and the quality of the care, varies wildly around the United States. It’s impossible to give an authoritative assumption on whether my experiences over 15 years of teaching preschoolers are average. I do know that many other preschool teachers I have spoken to have shared in many of my observations. Steven Barnett, the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, said in an interview with the Atlantic, “Access to real quality is pretty darn low.”

Barnett went on to say that the odds of a parent without a high school diploma getting her preschooler into a high-quality program is one in 10.

Preschools have tight budgets, and kids don’t always get the one-on-one attention they need

Preschools don’t make very much money. Preschool teachers make even less. The Bureau of Labor Services notes that preschool teachers make an average of $21,490 a year. Directors of preschools can make a livable wage, but their job is extremely taxing. Every preschool director I knew worked more than 40 hours a week, put in hours a week talking with angry or frustrated parents, filled in for absent teachers, planned the holiday programs, balanced the budget, hired and fired employees when necessary, and very often was called to help manage a particularly unruly child. I myself worked 40 hours a week, and even with my husband's additional full-time income we barely squeaked by.

Every preschool I taught at worked under a very tight budget. This meant that when extra help was needed, it could rarely be afforded. Every person working for the school was expected to move into whatever role was needed to make the preschool ratios work. Every state has a law about how many children of a certain age can be in the care of one adult. The ratios for preschools in San Diego are one teacher to 12 students — children 30 months and under have ratios of one teacher to six students.

When you have a child who is particularly difficult, whether repeatedly hitting, screaming, refusing to stay seated, or simply crying, homesick, or with separation anxiety, the teacher has to figure out how to work the class around that child. How do you do circle time with 10 2-year-olds as, day after day, one of the children walks around the room sobbing, clutching his blanket, and knocking on the door?

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Child development, compassion, and basic sense tell you that a child like this needs one-on-one attention. The child needs an adult who can kindly and patiently work with her until either the phase has passed or a possible problem has been identified, such as ADD, autism, or severe separation anxiety.

In reality, the daily one-on-one care for a struggling child can rarely occur. Even if a teacher starts out the day holding the hand of a child, pulling the child into her lap during circle time, this can’t hold for the entire day. Teachers go on lunch breaks and 10-minute breaks; they have to set up for nap time; they have to set up and clean up art; they have to help other children too; and often, they have to deal with either diaper changes or potty time.

This is why the director is often called in to assist with a child. I worked for five different preschool directors, and each one of them was fairly good to very good at their jobs, but none of them were particularly great with children. Administrators were good with creating scholastic plans that best benefited each age range of children, good at organizing the minutiae of a school — the paperwork, the state laws to follow, the hiring, the schedule management — but exhibited the long-acknowledged difference between being brilliant in comprehension and brilliant in action. It is the fighter pilot in simulation and the fighter pilot thousands of feet in the air in free fall. It is one thing to learn about calmly helping a child having a tantrum and another to sit, the child's snot and desperation inches from your face, and do it.

Some administrators might be brilliant with their own children, or have been wonderful caregivers in the past, but the addition of the grind of administrative duties and pleasing teachers and parents seems to be the limit, the litmus point where the constant reservoir of patience and connection one needs to be a good preschool teacher runs dry.

One director would handle a relentlessly crying child by sitting her down on a stool and saying sternly, “You are going to stop this nonsense now.” The child would continue to cry (children don’t believe in stopping nonsense — they also don’t believe their emotions are nonsense), and the director would tap away on her computer. One little girl I remember in particular because she was absolutely unmoved by both the director’s stern voice and the hours in the office. She’d cry for so long she’d fall asleep, sitting straight up, mouth open.

Another director would hold the offending child by the hand and announce to anyone she came into contact with that the child was “deciding to be a terrible listener today, making their teacher very unhappy, and so they have to walk around with me instead of playing with toys.” The shame on the child’s face was depressing as hell. I would give an encouraging smile to the child and tell them they could do a better job, and it was okay to be sad but not okay to throw toys, and the director would shoot me an annoyed look for not following script.

Young children don’t always know how to tell their parents something is wrong

What I knew about these and other practices was this: None of this was discussed with the parents, and certainly not in any kind of realistic detail. And none of the children were old enough to think to say, “Mom, Dad, is it okay that I spend two hours a day sitting on a stool and crying?”

Whatever happens to children at this age, I observed time and time again that they accept it. It is not that they like it — they can (and do) scream and cry and mope and mutter — but that they do not have anything else to compare life to. During these years, they have this: home and school. Sometimes a child particularly unhappy at school will make it well known that they don’t want to go to school, because the other option they know is home. They don’t typically recall or express details, such as “I don’t like the way my teacher grabs my arms hard,” or “I don’t like when the teacher says I’m a bad boy.” Some children do, and they are wonderful advocates for themselves. The rest depend on the persistent inquiries and attention of those who love them best.

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I took my parenting cues from this experience to heart: Anytime during my children’s preschool years that they expressed unhappiness with school, I always dug deep. I asked many questions on walks, during drawing, during cuddle time at bed, and I listened well. I once had to have a “come to Jesus” moment with the director of a preschool for my own child. My son was in the care of an assistant teacher who had taken an instant dislike to him: It happens. However, her bad behavior didn’t “just happen” — she was allowing herself to act on emotion, and my son had been able to express that he was unhappy at school. After a week of talking to him, he was finally able to tell me that this teacher was in the habit of yanking him out of line, hard, and giving him a little shake, to tell him to stop whispering to his friends.

The director listened, and promised that teacher wouldn’t be in charge of my son anymore. She was not in the same room with him again. I did a few unexpected drop-ins here and there over the next month, and all was well.

The unexpected drop-in is probably a preschool parent’s most potent tool for information on what is happening during their child’s day. Some schools don’t allow this; I would not leave my child at those schools.

Unexpected drop-ins are tremendously underused. The observations made during one can change your child’s preschool experience. One foster mother dropped in on her son and found that his teacher, in the room next to mine, had left him standing in the bathroom with no underwear on, alone, as punishment for pooping in his pants. The mother filed a written complaint and pulled him out of the school. I was grateful, because it had been obvious to me that this teacher had taken a great dislike to this little person, but there wasn’t anything concrete to point to until the mom dropped in.

If there are problems that you don’t know about, the drop-in might be the only way to spot them. Dropping in can reveal discipline measures you weren’t aware of, or a fear of your child’s you didn’t know he was carrying (the little toilets!), or her habit of barely eating lunch and then throwing the rest away.

It can be difficult to find time for a drop-in. I struggled with it, as I worked and attended school and my husband worked full time as well. I found a couple of ways around this: I used my rare day off work, when my child still attended preschool, to drop in; I had both my husband and my mother take a turn to unexpectedly drop in for an early pickup; I made acquaintance with other parents in my child's class and asked them if they could let me know how my son was doing when they picked up their child — a virtual drop-in.

Another construct to connect parents to their children in preschool or day care is the webcam, installed directly into classrooms. Some child care centers offer this device, which has mixed reactions. Some parents love the cameras for the connection it gives them with their child and the feeling of security that comes from knowing there is a “watchful eye” on their child’s classroom situation. However, bathrooms and changing tables are almost always off limits to the camera, as sometimes are outside play areas. In addition, there are privacy and security concerns about the ability of hackers, as well as less devious situations, such as a parent who logs in at a library and leaves before logging out. Plus, these cameras do not include sound, so the context of what a parent is viewing can be lost.

The power of a parent’s unexpected drop-in

All I saw and heard over the 15 years I taught preschool impressed on me deeply that an involved parent is enormously powerful. Some parents fear that being too involved will make the teachers treat their child less kindly out of annoyance, but the opposite is true. The directors and teachers need the parents to be happy. They need the children to stay enrolled at the school.

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Parents who make it politely clear that they are listening and watching closely as a caring parent, and then who actually do so, can be guaranteed that all those looking after their child will be — consciously or not — more attentive to the experience of that child.

I was able to care for my son, and then a daughter, and then another daughter, in their little years because I was a preschool teacher. Being a mother made me a better preschool teacher, and being a preschool teacher made me a better mother. My teen daughter knows: I still believe in the power of an unexpected drop-in.

Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2015) Her work appears in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Guernica, the Week, Cosmopolitan, and more. Her novel, Agitate My Heart, is in edits.

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10 Common Challenges Faced by Preschool Teachers in 2022
  • Managing the kids. Handling a classroom full of toddlers is never an easy task. ...
  • Executing the school curriculum. ...
  • Communicating with the parents. ...
  • Handling paperwork. ...
  • Low salaries. ...
  • Lack of recognition and value. ...
  • Inability to seek new opportunities. ...
  • Hindered career growth.

How do preschoolers deal with behavior problems? ›

Classroom management strategies for preschool
  1. Develop clear preschool behavior guidelines. ...
  2. Be specific about your expectations. ...
  3. Follow a daily routine. ...
  4. Use positive language. ...
  5. Provide visual cues. ...
  6. Manage transitions carefully. ...
  7. Teach empathy and other social skills. ...
  8. Pay close attention to challenging behaviors.
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How can I be a good nursery teacher? ›

You'll need to have:
  1. excellent communication and listening skills.
  2. good organisational skills to plan the day and respond to the different needs of the children you teach.
  3. the ability to inspire and enthuse young children.
  4. energy, resourcefulness, responsibility, patience and a caring nature.

How do I parent my 4 year old? ›

Pre-k Parenting Tips
  1. Continue to talk, sing and read to your child.
  2. Nurture your child's love for books by taking them to the library or a book store.
  3. Teach responsibility in small steps, starting with simple things like picking up their toys.
  4. Let your child help with simple chores.

What is the biggest problem with early childhood education? ›

Simply put, the biggest issue that faces early childhood educators is this: There is a misalignment between expectations on early childhood educators and the resources provided to meet these expectations.

What causes stress in early childhood teachers? ›

needs of children, and engaging in tasks not related to teaching were all reported as causes of stress.

How do you know if your preschool is bad? ›

10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool:
  1. A teacher with no degree (or units) in early childhood education.
  2. An academic focus.
  3. No philosophy.
  4. Computers in the classroom.
  5. Workbooks and other paper-pencil tasks.
  6. A high student-to-teacher ratio.
  7. An owner who treats her teachers poorly.
  8. Long circle times.
9 Nov 2021

How do you handle aggressive behavior in a preschool classroom? ›

Do not yell, reprimand or get angry with the difficult child. It is important that you stay calm to make her understand that her behavior was unacceptable. Preschoolers are very keen on the "why" of everything. Explain to her why you will not tolerate her behavior.

Are preschool teachers happy? ›

Preschool teachers are about average in terms of happiness. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, preschool teachers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 47% of careers.

How do preschoolers learn best? ›

As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around him. The way children approach learning is also an important part of their thinking skills.

What are the hardest years of parenting? ›

It's no wonder then that research finds that the hardest years of parenting are the tween, (or middle school if you're in the USA) years. They may be less physically exhausting than the early years, but emotionally they are so much more exhausting.

How do you discipline a 4 year old who won t listen? ›

Here are some tips to discipline preschoolers who don't listen:
  1. Make eye contact. Get on their level and look them in the eye. ...
  2. Never ask something more than twice. ...
  3. Pick your battles. ...
  4. Know your child's triggers. ...
  5. Practice prevention. ...
  6. Be consistent. ...
  7. Don't get emotional. ...
  8. Listen and repeat.
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What does ADHD look like in a 4 year old? ›

ADHD in children between 4 and 6 years of age typically looks like persistent and debilitating inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. Behavioral therapy is the first treatment option the AAP recommends for children in this age group, followed by medication.

Is preschool teacher hard? ›

“Being an early childhood educator is hard work but very rewarding,” Egolf says. All the support and encouragement you give young students as they develop and overcome frustrations adds up to very real results.

Does early childhood education make a difference? ›

Researchers have found that parents whose children attend programs that are integrated into their school are much less anxious than their neighbours whose kids are in the regular jumbled system. Direct gains have also been documented for children.

What is toxic stress in early childhood? ›

Childhood toxic stress is severe, prolonged, or repetitive adversity with a lack of the necessary nurturance or support of a caregiver to prevent an abnormal stress response [5].

What are the signs of burnout in early childhood teachers? ›

What Is Teacher Burnout? 4 Symptoms
  • Exhaustion. Teachers experiencing burnout may feel exhausted even after hours of sleep because they are doing so much during the day. ...
  • Depression. ...
  • Withdrawal. ...
  • Physical symptoms. ...
  • Lack of time. ...
  • Lack of resources. ...
  • High demands. ...
  • District and state mandates.
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How do preschool teachers stay calm? ›

Energetic Preschoolers? 5 Important Tips for a Calm Classroom
  1. Make sure your schedule is balanced with quiet and active activities. ...
  2. Provide hands-on activities that get the whole body moving. ...
  3. Break up your circle times. ...
  4. Get them moving! ...
  5. Have a stash of quiet, calming activities on hand at all times.
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How do you know if your child is unhappy at daycare? ›

Signs Your Child Isn't Getting Enough Attention at Daycare
  1. Sudden Change in Behavior. A sudden change in your child's behavior could indicate stress in their daycare situation. ...
  2. Regression in Behavior. ...
  3. Increase in Evening Tantrums. ...
  4. Lack of Open Communication. ...
  5. Care Providers Seem Disengaged.
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Does daycare cause behavior problems? ›

The more time kids had spent in day care, the more likely they were in primary school to show aggression, have symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and experience anxiety and depression, according to information from the parents.

How would you handle a difficult child in a preschool classroom? ›

Use behavior management techniques
  1. Praise good behavior while ignoring negative behavior. Positive reinforcement will help the child focus on what is expected of them and encourage good behaviors.
  2. Try a classroom reward chart. ...
  3. Use positive language. ...
  4. Create a visual schedule.
13 Feb 2020

What are signs of behavioral problems in toddlers? ›

Some of the typical behaviours of a child with CD may include:
  • Frequent refusal to obey parents or other authority figures.
  • Repeated truancy.
  • Tendency to use drugs, including cigarettes and alcohol, at a very early age.
  • Lack of empathy for others.

Why is age 3 so difficult? ›

These little ones are developing their language, memory and imagination, and it's a time of discovery, as parents begin to see their kid's personality shine. It's also a time when both kids and parents struggle with unpredictability, expectations and boundary setting, particularly in uncertain situations.

How do you know if your child has behavior problems? ›

According to Boston Children's Hospital, some of the emotional symptoms of behavioral disorders include:
  • Easily getting annoyed or nervous.
  • Often appearing angry.
  • Putting blame on others.
  • Refusing to follow rules or questioning authority.
  • Arguing and throwing temper tantrums.
  • Having difficulty in handling frustration.

What does aggression look like in preschool years? ›

Aggression in children can take many forms: Angry tantrums; hitting, kicking, or biting; hot-headed outbursts that destroy property; cool-headed bullying; verbal attacks; attempts to control others through threats or violence.

How do you get an unruly preschool class under control? ›

11 Classroom management tips worth trying
  1. Organize your room strategically. ...
  2. Emanate comfort and reassurance. ...
  3. Give them tools to express their feelings. ...
  4. Make a plan for transitions. ...
  5. Follow the kids from time to time. ...
  6. Use child-friendly labels. ...
  7. Refer to the routine. ...
  8. Create integrated learning environments.
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What causes preschool aggression? ›

the most common of them, impulsivity and poor decision-making can lead to behavior that's interpreted as aggressive. These children often don't consider the consequences of their actions, which may come across as callous or malicious when they're really just not thinking.

Where do preschool teachers make the most money? ›

The states and districts that pay Preschool Teachers the highest mean salary are New Jersey ($47,190), District of Columbia ($45,890), New York ($44,760), Massachusetts ($43,120), and Maryland ($42,650). How Much Do Preschool Teachers Make in Your City?

What does a preschool teacher do on a daily basis? ›

Preschool Teacher responsibilities include:

Developing a careful and creative program suitable for preschool children. Employing a variety of educational techniques (storytelling, educational play, media etc.) to teach children. Observing each child to help them improve their social competencies and build self-esteem.

Is teaching kindergarten stressful? ›

“Early childhood teachers love working with children. It's their passion. So their job satisfaction level is not low, but their stress level is high,” said Jeon. Low salaries can be a major stressor, Jeon found.

What makes a great preschool teacher? ›

Passion. Passionate teachers are the cornerstone of successful classrooms. Educators who demonstrate their love for what they do make wonderful role models for little kids. Passion breeds innovation and creativity — two qualities that inspire children to love learning and excel.

What are the key responsibilities of a preschool teacher? ›

Preschool Teacher Responsibilities:

Educating children about fundamental concepts, such as colors, letters, numbers, and shapes. Encouraging social interactions between children and improving their self-esteem. Engaging in creative methods of learning, such as arts and crafts, supervised play, and storytelling.

What is the best part of being a preschool teacher? ›

5 Reasons You Should Become a Preschool Teacher
  1. Early Childhood Education is a Growing Field. ...
  2. You Will Support the Personal, Academic and Social Development of Children. ...
  3. You Will Be a Role Model to Young Children. ...
  4. Every Day is Unique. ...
  5. You Have a Passion for Early Education.
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What should a child know by the end of preschool? ›

What Your Child Should Know by the End of Preschool
  • Identify name in print.
  • State first and last name.
  • Identify letters in name.
  • Sort objects by color, shape and size.
  • Understand sequencing (first, middle, last)
  • Rote count to 10.
  • Demonstrate one to one correspondence.
  • Count out objects from 1-5.

HOW HIGH CAN 4 year olds count? ›

Your 4-year-old now

The average 4-year-old can count up to ten, although he may not get the numbers in the right order every time.

What challenges do you face working in childcare? ›

Childcare Challenges
  • The current childcare dilemma is two-pronged. ...
  • The childcare challenges experienced by centers, families, and providers are defined by a low supply of childcare workers, cost inflation for both staff and services, and a persistent shortage of affordable childcare options for families.
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What challenges will you encounter when teaching children? ›

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  • Understanding the different learning challenges amongst students. ...
  • Student family problems & bullying. ...
  • Lack of funding. ...
  • Lack of effective communication. ...
  • Being encouraging and motivating under challenging times. ...
  • Disciplining students. ...
  • Endless paperwork & extended working hours.

What challenges do you face when working with children? ›

The challenges that people face when working in childcare
  • Not enough time in the day to do everything.
  • Too much paperwork.
  • Not enough time spent with the children.
  • Difficulty recruiting staff who are qualified.
  • Not getting enough support.
  • Difficulties in communicating with parents.
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What are some weaknesses in childcare? ›

A childcare business may have weaknesses relative to competitors, such as a relatively small physical facility, previous financial or legal issues, and lack of experience.

What are the risks in daycare? ›

Common Safety Hazards in Child Care Facilities
  • Falling Objects. Kids are curious and sometimes rambunctious. ...
  • Choking. Food and small objects present a choking hazard for children, especially infants and toddlers. ...
  • Old Playground Equipment. ...
  • Inadequate Supervision. ...
  • Poorly Trained Staff. ...
  • Neglect. ...
  • Unsanitary Environment.

What is the most important aspect of early childhood education? ›

It aims at the holistic development of a child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. ECCE has the possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.”

What is the most difficult situation that you experience in teaching? ›

The greatest of the challenges faced by a teacher are: 1)Knowing their students well. 2)Understanding the different learning abilities and capacities of the students. 3)Motivating and encouraging them when the students underperform and have to deal with parental and peer pressure.

What makes a confident teacher? ›

Focus on strengths

Every teacher has strengths and it's essential to praise them. However it's also worth remembering that strengths still need to be honed and improved, just like weaknesses. One way to build confidence is to allow them to mentor a teacher who struggles in an area they excel in.

What are the qualities of an excellent teacher? ›

Some qualities of a good teacher include skills in communication, listening, collaboration, adaptability, empathy and patience. Other characteristics of effective teaching include an engaging classroom presence, value in real-world learning, exchange of best practices and a lifelong love of learning.

How do you usually handle misbehaving children? ›

10 healthy discipline strategies that work
  1. Show and tell. Teach children right from wrong with calm words and actions. ...
  2. Set limits. ...
  3. Give consequences. ...
  4. Hear them out. ...
  5. Give them your attention. ...
  6. Catch them being good. ...
  7. Know when not to respond. ...
  8. Be prepared for trouble.
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What is the most difficult part of working with children? ›

I can tell you that the hardest part of working with children is that some children deal with a lot of stressful events outside of school and this causes them to display challenging behaviors at school. There are children that don't have a healthy outlet at home where he/she can express their emotional feelings.

What do preschool teachers do on a daily basis? ›

Their main duties include teaching children about basic fundamentals, like numbers, color and shapes, helping children build their social skills and keeping the classroom clean and safe for all of the students and Teachers.

Is preschool really necessary? ›

Preschool is vital for many children not because it provides academic preparation, but because it provides a nurturing environment where they can play while their parents are working. As it turns out, children these days who don't go to preschool aren't any worse off than children who do, either.

Are preschool teachers happy? ›

Preschool teachers are about average in terms of happiness. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, preschool teachers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 47% of careers.

What are the problems of early childhood development? ›

Yet, millions of children under the age of five—including 250 million in low- and middle-income countries—are at risk of falling behind in their developmental growth due to extreme poverty, lack of early stimulation and learning, poor nutrition, and exposure to violence and neglect.


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