In the U.S., we tend to think about education as starting when kids enter kindergarten. For the most part, it’s the entry into our public school system and, for many kids, it’s the start of their first full-day program. Our systems, our attention, even our funding is very much focused on kindergarten through high school (K-12).
You’ve made the big decision to start your own childcare business. Whatever your reason, whether you’re a nanny with a vision or a parent who sees a need, you’ve got a complicated and arduous task ahead of you. Arm yourself with the right information, develop a clear plan, and stay organized. Your success will depend on careful management of the process from start to finish.
According to a 2015 survey done by Northwestern University, more than half of preschool teachers use tablet computers in the classroom, a number that doubled from a survey done just two years prior. This is an incredible statistic, considering that experts have long cautioned against the use of digital media with little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics still warns against screen time for kids under 2, and recommends a limit for older kids to an hour per day of high-quality interactive media.