One of the best parts about having a preschool is being able to start a preschool with a baby still at home. But can you juggle a baby or a toddler AND your preschool? Read this post for tips on how to do it.
Can Your Toddler Participate In Your Preschool Class?
A toddler around two years old can probably actually participate in one of your preschool classes. They can participate in most of the activities without much added supervision and will enjoy the social interaction with the other children.
You can schedule your second class of the day to coincide with your little one’s nap time. They may not sleep through the entire class, but when they wake up it will probably be close to recess or snack time so they will be excited to join in the fun again.
What Do You Do With Your Baby During Your Preschool Class?
Babies aren’t as flexible as toddlers, but they do usually take two naps throughout the day. You could schedule your classes during your baby’s naptimes. This would give you the majority of the time to focus strictly on your preschool class.
As a bonus, preschoolers love babies, so they are a great way to enrich your classroom. You can use their presence as an opportunity to teach gentleness, and patience. It is also a great way to practice indoor voices, so we don’t scare the baby.
Another option for babies is to trade childcare services with a friend who has a preschooler but may not be able to afford to enroll her child in your preschool. She could babysit for you while you teach her preschooler.
And yet another option is to hire a Mother’s Helper, which is usually a teenaged girl who will come to your home and take care of your child while you are teaching your preschool classes. The helper would be able to work on schoolwork or possibly even apprentice in your preschool while the baby naps.
When Should You Hire A Teacher For Your Preschool?
If you are pregnant, you may consider hiring a teacher, either to fill in as a substitute while you take maternity leave, or to take over the teaching permanently while you spend time with your baby. If you decide to hire a teacher for your home preschool, you could convert your garage into a schoolroom to separate your classroom from your home.
You can teach preschool if you have babies or toddlers at home, you just need to be creative with your childcare solutions.