Working with infants & toddlers

by Travis

Dear MenTeach:
I'm proud of you for all that you're are doing!

We need more groups to support men in the field of teaching preschool and caregiving of young kids. I have learned for a guy to be a caregiver to infants/toddlers and teacher to preschool aged kids, that it takes time and passion to convience people that I'm a compassionate, loving person to the kids; just like a female teacher/caregiver.

Right now I work at a YMCA as a swim intructor to preschoolers and infants and I also babysit. I used to work in the daycare there and loved it because it was always a blessing to come into work everyday and see all the little ones smile and make them laugh and meet their essential needs. And I learned alot.

That all changed one day after I had been working their for over a year. A male daycaregiver at a different YMCA location was arrested for molesting 3 four year old boys and after that happend they wouldn't let me take care of the infants anymore or play with them and stuck me with the older kids.

I felt horrible for those kids to have to go through something like that. But what hurt me is the fact that I wasn't allowed to take care of the little ones anymore that I had come to know and have fun taking care of due to someone else's actions.

I am trying my luck at baby-sitting instead of daycare sinse it's not the same and I have had luck with it so far. Some of my co-workers from swim lessons use me when they need someone to watch their kids in the morning. I'm enjoying baby-sitting alot and I'm thinking of trying to really expand so I can get alot of job opportunities.

I'm in the process of getting my background check complete so that I can show it to people. I'm CPR certified and getting First Aid and a letter of recomendation and I have references.

I'm majoring in Early Childhood Education and Care to become a caregiver to infants and toddlers in a daycare setting.

I was wundering if you had any ideas on how I could get more baby-sitting jobs or if I sound like I'm on the right track.

My name is Travis by the way and I'm 21 years old. Thank you again and looking forward to hearing from you.

God bless!

Sincerely,

Travis