10 Reasons to Appreciate a Daycare Teacher

1. They are not daycare workers, they are daycare teachers.  Their lesson plan every day includes: how to share, how to have “nice hands” and “walking feet,” how to say please and thank you, how to walk behind someone without pushing, how to take turns, and how to have “listening ears.”

2. They are not just teachers.  They are also janitors and nurses.  They make boo-boos feel better and dry up tears.  They spray, wipe, sanitize, sweep, mop, vacuum, and take out the trash.

3. They are waitresses. They balance little trays and cups of milk.  They pick up squashed peas off the floor.  Scoop peaches when they ask for more.

4. They change 5 dirty diapers, within 10 minutes, the day after beef and corn.

5. They get 12 little ducklings to follow in a row on their way to the playground.

6. They tie tiny shoes. Snap tiny pants. Fold tiny blankeys. Wipe tiny noses. Spend 5 minutes fixing the heels of tiny Converse. Multiply all of this by 12 on some days.

7. They are there before parents go to work and-or don’t go home until the last kid is picked up as the second hand ticks to closing time.

8. They lay out cots and pillows and blankeys and paci’s.  They know who gets a pacifier, who gets a 6 oz bottle, who has to have all the lights out, who will wake up early, who came in late and will lay awake.  They sit between cots patting restless toddlers to sleep.  They spend the rest of nap time keeping the one early riser from waking the 11 others.

9. They go home and take care of their own families and homes, or their own children.  They somehow find time to rest their tired feet.

10. They are patient and kind.  They are trustworthy.  They do their best with no promise of rest.  They don’t enjoy disciplining, but do it with love.  Their heart swells to see your child grow and learn and smile and play.  They laugh at the funny things the kids always say.  Say thank you to your daycare teacher.  They love your child more than you know.

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Note: I worked at my kids’ daycare this summer.  I have a new found appreciation for all of the staff!  I worked in every age, 0-10.  Every age group has their challenges, but still they each have something sweet, hilarious, or special about each of them.  You can show appreciation to the teachers with a simple gift: their favorite drink or candy, a little note, or just a daily “thank you.”  They don’t ask for recognition, but show them some love for loving your most precious gift each day.

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24 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Appreciate a Daycare Teacher

  1. Becky King says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Im sitting here rocking a sweet little baby (he’s the early riser) while nibbling my lunch and reading your blog. Being a daycare teacher has by far been the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. (Hazel makes it even better! 😉😄)

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  2. Kecia pannell says:

    Thank you for this article I’m sitting here at nap time where i have 11 sleeping Three year olds and trying to keep that one entertained enough so she wont awake the others lol this is a rewarding job it does have it days of being overwhelming but I wouldn’t trade it for nothing ❤️😍😘

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  3. Mabel Graham says:

    God bless them ! Especially the ones at Swannee County Early Learning Center! They teach 3,4&5 year olds and are angels! Some of these little ones have no training, no manners,and kick, scream and even bite the teachers and other children. Some at hyper and some are just spoiled rotten!

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  4. Katie says:

    I love this article! I love being a daycare teacher. I love when the kids get attached to me and its a very fulfilling job. And I know I’ve done my job well when the kids don’t wanna go home. And I also have a chance to learn from these kids I teach everyday

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  5. MomWife+TeacherLife says:

    Hi Kristi,
    I did not intend to offend anyone by my word choice. I really wrote this from my heart to my coworkers – to show them how much I appreciated them caring for my own children.

    The position I held this summer did not require higher education, even though I have been teaching middle school for almost a decade.

    My children’s teachers are the most loving and kind people I know, which is why I enjoyed working there this summer.

    I encourage you to read other posts if you enjoyed the message of this one 🙂

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  6. Zara says:

    Yes! This is absolutely true! Thank for for giving us all a shout out and helping others to understand that we are teachers, just like elementary school teachers or HS teachers; as just have a more “special” job in where we have to do a little extra for our students. This is so spot on and appreciate that we’re not alone. Love this

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  7. Jennifer says:

    I am a home child care care provider and do not get my feathers “ruffled” easily by something as simple as “daycare teacher”. People…read the main word…TEACHER. Stop being easily offended and see this for what it is, someone encouraging others to give all of us the respect we deserve. Those of us who run our own business, also are accountants, inventory specialists, CEO’s, therapists, etc…. Maybe not by degree, but by default.

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  8. Amber P. says:

    I absolutely love this and even sent the link to the director of the center I work at. You nailed this list! This is my day in a nutshell as I work with a group of kids that range from 18 months to 2.5 years.

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  9. teachermomtalks says:

    Ew…beef and corn diapers. Haha! I get it. I change a lot of diapers too but certainly not that much. I actually just sent a note to my child’s Pre-K teacher today. I was a teacher and I know what the work is like. I also know what it feels like to get a little boost, so I try to do that for others as often as possible. Thanks for sharing this sweet post.

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  10. Brittany says:

    I no longer work in the daycare setting as I am now a behavorial analysis and work for children with Autism. However, all through college I worked at a daycare. It always made our day when that one parent would tell uss Thank you for what you do. I remember one year we had twin infants and when their Father dropped them off he always told my co workers and I thank you and it made our day! I have a nanny now for my own twins but I always make sure she knows how appreciated she is on a daily basis.

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  11. Donna says:

    Love this and thank you. I’ve been working with children for many many years and this describes almost everything I have been doing for all those years and still enjoy doing. Thank you again and thanks to everyone that gives their all doing the jobs that you do.

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  12. Kim says:

    Day Care Worker/Teacher/BRAIN BUILDER! We are most responsible more than any other for growing their brains! “From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life!” I loved learning this at some recent ECDC training! 💕

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  13. Tammy says:

    Thank you so much for writing these beautiful words, I am a daycare teacher and all though I love my job I do feel we are under appreciated alot ot the time. Lovley article

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  14. LAURA says:

    Love this! I am a group home daycare provider and mother of 4. I absolutely agree with everything you mentioned! Day in and day out….I do what I do for the children. When they graduate on to school and yet see you in public and come running with a big hug and smile I know I have given my all for that child. Shout out to all those who care for children every day. You are appreciated!

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  15. Sue says:

    I have worked with preschool children for over 30 years. It is not an easy job but it a very a rewarding job. How can you not be happy with all the smiles and hugs you get. Children give unconditional love. I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world,

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  16. Debbie Ashford says:

    I taught in childcare for six months and it was absolutely the only job I ever woke up loving to go to work. I loved those babies and never had enough time to cuddle! I couldn’t leave a room with a baby crying at the end of my day. I cannot wait to go back. This was an absolutely lovely and truthful article.

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  17. Janet says:

    This is SO true!!! I am 60 years old , I have been doing child care in and out of daycare centers for 40 years, I can’t even count how many lives I have touch. Thank you to all the teachers, assistant teachers, cooks, directors, and the floaters that in my opinion get the least recognition. They are usually in every room, with every age group, and they know almost every parent!!!!!💗

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  18. KimRichards says:

    Beautiful words I have been a day care teacher for 12 years I have ran my own family day care and now I work at an awesome centre and I must say the children are the reason I go in every day

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