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Does being a parent Count as Child care Experience?

Kelsey in Sheridan, WY
Sept. 25, 2018

As the Question States Is this considered experience? I have a 4 year old and I have had other friends kids around my child frequently. Just curious if it counts, trying to apply to work at a day care. 

Thanks in advance.

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I think it can count as a bonus since it involves directly working with children and taking care of them in different capacities. That said, it's NOT a professional childcare experience... the same way cooking for ourselves at home doesn't count as professional culinary experience, taking care of a sick loved one doesn't count as medical/nursing experience and so on. I believe that when the average employer asks for childcare experience, they are looking for someone who has worked with children who are not theirs or closely linked (e.g. child of a relative, friend, etc.). This is because there is a big difference in how we tend to our personal responsibilities vs how we tend to our professional responsibilities. All in all, it's worth mentioning that you're raising your own child OR have raised your own child(ren) because raising a child is a noteworthy experience of its own even if it's not a professional one.

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Yes. It sure does count as experience. You are watching your own child and are responsible for every aspect of your child 24/7 and that experience you carry on to other children you watch. I believe being a parent makes you even more responsible and attentive.

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I think it should count. You've cared for them from the beginning and can probably tackle any challenge.

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Yes! Of course being a parent is child care experience! Just put the experience into context. For example, being a parent does NOT give you experience in dealing with other people's parenting techniques nor does it provide experience with different children's personalities. However, it does provide experience in how to use your tone of voice, adapting to a child's needs as they grow, and basic techniques such as changing diapers, how to play on a child's level, feeding, and more!

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Brandi in Denver, CO
Nov. 19, 2018

I think it does to a certain extent but, it is always different when caring for someone else's children. Something you would do as a parent is not the same thing another parent would do so you always have to be mindful of that.

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Breanna in Kyle, TX
Nov. 19, 2018

I would say no. 1) It's completely different caring for other people's children and 2) you're likely to have a class of 10+ children in a child care facility depending on the age group which is a different dynamic from having your child and a couple kids around her.

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I would have to say that i am split on this answer. I do believe that being a parent gives you an abundance of knowledge in what i call "Street Knowledge", but i also think that being formally trained gives you "Book Smarts" You different need both to be a great educator and caregiver!

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I would say no! It's one thing to be a parent but it's another when you care for other people children. You must have a passion for it you must be knowledgeable in all areas.Even though you should love the kids as your own there is a lot more responsibility when caring for someone else.

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Child care experience has many meanings, and generally yes, being a parent would definitely count. You could apply to jobs saying that you have childcare experience for as long as you've been a parent; however, applying at a daycare is different than applying to work for a private family. Because the daycare is legally responsible for many children, being a parent is not enough. Daycares want to see credentials, training in childcare, and at least two years of early childhood development classes at an accredited school. If that sounds like you, then go for it! Personally, I don't have schooling in early childhood education, and can still get jobs as a nanny for private families. I would recommend looking into it because nannying jobs also pay more for care tailored to their child. Good luck!

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with my opinion i never think so because the others kids are not her own kids she give care to,they only come there to play.and the experience you get when working with many is far different from when working with one child.

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Katelin in Dover, NH
Dec. 4, 2018

Of course being a parent counts as child care experience! A parent is always taking care of their child and knows what to do, they're experts!

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This one is a bit tricky. Most of the time when a job is asking for experience, it means professional experience. They want to know if you can work well in a team environment and can you take orders from someone. As a parent these abilities are not showcased. If you can highlight your technical knowledge of early childhood development I would use the parenting experience as a vehicle to explain how you got the knowledge. I would not use parenting experience in any other manner. Only to show how you learned something and what you learned. These things need to be backed up by some officially approved school of thought in the child development.

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Yes. Simple answer.

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I think it is the most important experience anyone applying to work with children can have. They not only have experience for just a few hours a day, but 24/7 with little ones. They have experience with feedings, naps, homework, sick times and with entertaining when the weather will not permit outside play. Yes, I very much believe it counts!

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Of course raising a child counts as experience. I am sure any parent will tell you that any time you care for a child it is the most important job in the world and it most certainly counts.

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Absolutely being a mother counts

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I believe that it counts (I have four kids) yet it is a very accurate statement to say that just because you have kids doesn't mean that you are a great caregiver. I recommend self assessment and asking for recommendations from those who know you. Pull out the things from your parenting experience that you think genuinely make you a great option to care for the kids of others. Do you look for the unique ways that a child likes to explore the world and adapt your approach to their personality? Do you know how to give positive regard even when the child acts out and are you able to set out action models for better results that the child is able to understand? Let the hiring manager know your strengths.

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Rebekah in Mesa, AZ
Dec. 2, 2018

Absolutely! There is no better primer for most of the skills you need for caring for a child than having one of your own 24-7 - forever! Talk about on the job training! Play up those skills. When it comes to working in a day-care or other more formal environment, it's really about matching those skills you've mastered at home, with the skills you'll be using in the job. Don't undersell yourself. Don't be afraid to talk about that time you were serving lunch for three toddlers while rocking your 6-month-old to sleep and chasing the dog and cat, who were both mysteriously covered in ketchup out of the house! That is multi-tasking right there! Talk about what you know about child-safety, and just about bonding with the little guys, or in a daycare, finding a way to get six 4-year-olds to lay down and take a nap! If it's a skill you have, it doesn't matter where you gained it, be proud of it, just the same, you earned it, and you are perfectly qualified!

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I Believe it does with most mothers. Especially if there are multiple sibling. Balancing a happy home and employment is not an easy task, but the most precious one to work at.

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Sharon in Fallon, NV
Dec. 1, 2018

i would think so

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Traci in Modesto, CA
Dec. 1, 2018

absolutlry

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Shea in Irvine, CA
Dec. 1, 2018

Having a 4-year-old might make you a good fit for being a babysitter, but you need more certification if you are going to work at a day care. Not only are there laws against untrained day care employees, but you might find yourself overwhelmed. Get some training!

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I believe if you have babysat diversed populations and many children in the past is the best experience, but being a parent helps too. Especially if you note that you love children and enjoy the day to day business of being their care taker. Also, make sure that the family you are applying for a daycare that you instill that you want the children to have fun in the day by educational games; vidoes and/or creating artwork: crayons; making creative fun/artwork for the holidays and/or seasons. Show them that you are willing to tap into all aspects of the children's lives to help their brain grow as well as physical activity in playing and just being a kid outside, too!

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Absolutely! You have just as much, if not MORE, childcare experience as someone who works in a daycare. Only difference is, you take on the extra job of bathing them, feeding them dinner, making sure they're safe when they're transported, taking to them the doctor when they're sick, etc.. Your job is even greater than one could understand!

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Some but you still need type of certification and CPR. There are some Day cares that will hire your but the pay rate will be really low.

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I think that in the context of applying for a daycare, it could work in your favor. I don't know if it would give you a leg up in competition, but I think that knowing how to get to know and read young children is a nice quality to have.

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For a professional setting, not always. Working in daycares require college classes and a lot of daycares will require those classes being completed before they'll consider someone for a position. That doesn't mean that you don't have child care experience as a parent, but unfortunately that can be a downside for someone just starting out in this profession.

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Paige in Raceland, LA
Nov. 29, 2018

yes! being a parent def counts as experience because who learns how to handle stressful moments more than a mom? those 3 am fevers get you prepared for everything else that follows.

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Absolutely.

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Tonia in Greeley, CO
Nov. 28, 2018

I think it depends on the situation, sometimes it counts and sometimes it doesn't.

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I think being a parent is the ultimate responsibility, so I think it counts as experience. Parents have the ability to understand children in a different way than a babysitter without kids does. Neither is better or worse, they're just different kinds of experiences that I think are both valid.

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Denise in Houston, TX
Nov. 28, 2018

Yes, I believe so. You are still caring for a child even if it's your own.

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I would say it definitely gives you a platform that some people don't have!

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Certainly. Your experience of taking care of your own is simple but not easy.

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Of course this does. You get to experience everything first hand, even though it can be very different with different people's children. You watch your child grow and develop throughout the years and you know exactly what to expect.

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Jessica in Savage, MN
Nov. 27, 2018

Every child is different, but I believe having your own kids is somewhat consistent with having childcare experience. I have learned a good deal of what I know from being a parent myself. Having your own kids teaches you in depth things about children that you might not otherwise experience while caring for someone else's child.

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Aeden in El Cajon, CA
Nov. 27, 2018

It should, because you are taking care of a child.

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Tory in Newington, CT
Nov. 27, 2018

Not all parents know everything about caring for all types of children. At my high school, we have specialized classes for parenting and family care.

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Allison in Dublin, CA
Nov. 27, 2018

No. Parenting is very different from professional child-care. Caring for some one else's children entails tact, discretion, and submission to another person's parenting style.

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Nilima in Lorton, VA
Nov. 27, 2018

My children are now adult but I do believe that my success in raising two children in the Northern Virginia/ D.C. areas speaks for my experience. Both my daughters went on to be accepted to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and to top universities. They were involved in extra-curricular sports, activities, and social lives, which I did my best to foster. However, most of my work experience and references do come from families and childcare centers I have worked for separately from this. I have over 35+ years of actual work experience outside of my family. And I welcome requests for references.

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Yes being a parent is counted as child care for i believe experience is the best teacher..from tour experience u can apply and impart to children that h will be talen care of

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User in Vacaville, CA
Nov. 26, 2018

I am not sure. I would think so

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Taking care of your own child and your friends' children should count for experience with children. However, working in a day care facility and taking care of other children is an entirely different experience. I would be very upfront with the employer. I would much rather hire a mother than someone without any childcare experience at all.

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I believe so.

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User in Hamburg, NJ
Nov. 26, 2018

I think it is experience just in a different way.

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User in Houston, TX
Nov. 26, 2018

being a mother allows me to always stand in the mothers place and always give her first place and position myself as an employee always

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User in La Vergne, TN
Nov. 26, 2018

The answer to this question is YES, in a way is an advantage

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yes and No

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Yes, absolutely. It is definitely advantageous to experience working with other parents' children as well as Seniors. It is not only the exposure and experience of working with other childfren that is critical,but also the various environments and needs that are so very important.

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Of course it does. Anytime a child, no matter who the child belongs to and you have the full responsibility of this child's care and well being, you are gaining experience in child care.

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In a sense, I think being an active parent can count as child care experience.

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Leeanna in Spring, TX
Nov. 24, 2018

Typically it doesn't count as "child-care" experience, but it does count. To entirely discredit your experience with your own child would be unreasonable, but most people do look for experience in the setting in which they are hiring for. I think that your own child would count as experience more for a Nanny position in a private home as opposed to a Center. Just as being a Nanny and being a Child Care provider in a Center setting are totally different in my opinion.

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In my opinion I should say yes, being a parent with kids is a big experience to be a babysitter or a childcare worker .

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yes, but having education in is recommended if your plans are to work with children

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Alexis in Portage, IN
Nov. 23, 2018

Yes DEFINITELY!!

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Does being a parent count as child care experience? Sure Does!

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Epeti in Marina, CA
Nov. 22, 2018

In my opinion I would disagree.

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While you can mention in your interview that you have experience with children because you're a parent, I wouldn't include that in a resume. Parents want to see that you can handle other families' kids, not just your own. I always tell each family that I bring nanny and parenting experience with me. I think families like that I can see both sides of each situation because I'm also a parent. It helps parents know that their concerns are valid because I've been through similar situations with my own kids.

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I would think so.

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Yes it does. I have a 1 month old baby and I also have cared for children in the past. I am very attentive and good at what I do.

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I have 15 years of experience.

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User in Ypsilanti, MI
Nov. 21, 2018

Of course it counts! Anyone who spends regular amounts of time with children on an ongoing basis certainly counts. And frequent time with your little one or your friends children is all the same. However, when the phrase "child care experience", that typically means you have experience dealing with children of a wide range of ages, abilities, background, etcetera. If you regularly have children in you 'direct care', it counts.

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Hell YEAH it is. Being a mom must be hard!

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Sure we have all raised kids. What I did was work in a school as an Aide..and later as Childcare.

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Yes! Of course! You take care of your child, therefore you have childcare experience.

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Yes I think so because you've took care of your child for 4 years,if thoese children are in your care Yes

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User in San Diego, CA
Nov. 20, 2018

Although being a parent shows 1st hand experience most daycares don't see that as childcare experience. Most daycaresxare gettingvstrict now and they want you to.have a degree on some kind of certificate in a child related field.

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It is nomal and healthy children to have close friends. It does not follow that I want to work in a kindergarten.

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User in Buford, GA
Nov. 19, 2018

I think it does count. BUT the difference is, when you are in child care, you have to understand that it's not your kids, it's someone else's. As well as, their home, their rules, their behaviors or routines and as a caregiver you have to be able to adapt to someone else's way of doing things. So if you can do that, you'll do great!

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Tammy in Chicago, IL
Nov. 19, 2018

I raised three of my children, who are all now educated and enjoying their careers and life. My raising them was the best education I could have had.

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It seems I am in the minority here, but I don't think being a parent automatically means you are qualified to work in childcare. There are plenty of parents who are not good parents, and I would never in a million years consider handing my kids over to them. I think being a parent should be taken into consideration when you apply for a childcare job, but I do not think that alone is a qualifier. It also depends on the type of daycare you are applying to. If they are only focused on watching over the kids, then most people can do that. But if they offer a more education-based type of care, then usually some type of education degree is (and should be, in my opinion) required.

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Elsa in Novato, CA
Nov. 19, 2018

of course i help a lot becuse you have a lot experience

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Erin in Shoreham, NY
Nov. 19, 2018

Yes, absolutely. As a mother, you have the most experience with child care.

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Yes being a parent counts as having child care experience. You are learning what a child needs, likes and dislikes, what makes a child act a certain way. Kids typically have the same needs.

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Yes. Especially if you are a parent of a child older than a few months old, you have had experience!

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Jenny in Yorktown, TX
Nov. 18, 2018

I believe being a parent does count as child care experience. You are knowledgeable about children and their development and know how to handle stressful situations. As a former Assistant Director at a private preschool school we always took in to account if the applicant had children and that was a plus.

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I can and it should, yes. No one knows better than a parent what its like to seek and find all the things about a child that are unique special and challenging.

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Does being a parent count as child care experience? It sure does, well it does in my book anyway. This is sometimes the very first time we have experience with children, the ones in our own families :)

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Yes! Being a parent definitely counts!

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Yes I am a parent of three wonderful children two are gifted. I must have did something right with their child rearing.

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Debora in Hudson, FL
Nov. 17, 2018

I feel where ever you are in life experiences its often times qualify you if you pass where you are by having patience, time, and love in your heart these are the ingredients that are high on the qualifying for this position in my thoughts.

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Most people would qualify. There are exceptions to the rule and depends upon personal dedication and physical ability to perform the duties of a caregiver.

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Elena in El Monte, CA
Nov. 17, 2018

Yes, absolutely.

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I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT. THAT'S PARENTS RESPONSIBLE.

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Nov. 17, 2018

Of course it does. You know how a parent feels, sometimes needing a break from your children. That does not mean they aren't precious but everyone needs some adult time.

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I would say so also, parents is the accountant, peace maker, Chief cook. Anything you pay someone to do, a parent does everything for NO pay

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Melissa in Goleta, CA
Nov. 16, 2018

Certainly having raised children to happy healthy responsible adults is worthy to mention, however, in my opinion, it's not sufficient in applying for work as a child care provider. Professional experience where one is paid for their services is important because it shows you've had accountability to other standards other than your own.

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Definitely.....

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Absolutely. All children learn love and respect from how you relate to your own. This is what everyone wants to learn from each other. After this, the particular needs for each child will be different but the basic principles of love and respect are the reason you'll care for them well.

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Being a parent counts as child care experience. I have learned when their behavior is not normal and that attention, affection, and discipline need to be consistent.

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No. all children act different. Having child care experience means that you have experience with all types of children.

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It most surely should, but, to some agencies, it doesn't. Experiece is experience, having a college student watch your child vs. a mother is silly to me. What does a college student know compared to a mother?

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I think to a certain extent, being a parent is great experience for working in childcare. However, being a carer is so much different than being a parent. You don't get to follow your own rules. You have to do things the way your employer wants them done, especially when it comes to discipline and how the children spend their time. Putting aside your own personal parenting style can be hard at times, but it's an important part of the profession.

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Absolutely! That requires the utmost attention and builds skills from every age that you will definitely take to the heart and make ethical decisions and create lasting morals from raising your own children.

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Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lisa in Ventura, CA
Nov. 14, 2018

absolutley

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if its not it should be...and if you do a resume it can be counted as a job

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Jackie in Lisle, IL
Nov. 13, 2018

A portion of the experiences definitely overlap, but you have to keep in mind that a childcare is also about learning the rules and personalities of a different household. You can not punish their children the same way you would your own children.

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Jillian in McCook, NE
Nov. 13, 2018

Absolutely. Having your own child is the best type of experience for child care. Although no kid will be like your own, you at least have the basic skills required to work in child care.

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I would consider it as experience, you know what it takes to take care of not only your child but others as well. It is definitely an informal experience but some employers still consider it as experience.

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As long as the question isn't asking specifically for paid experience, then I think being a parent counts as experience in childcare. However, parenting your own child is (to an extent) different than caring for the children of others due to differences in parenting style, so it would be safe to assume watching and caring for the friends of your kids would count more, as it applies to you trying to apply to work at a daycare.

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Again i have 5 kids i am very good with kids i was a teacher with SPEACAL needs

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Belgica in Buford, GA
Nov. 13, 2018

it should be!!If you are a good parents you will be a good care giver!! I will treat your children the way I ill like mine to be treated. besides that, You have a lot more off experience.

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Not as much as being around a ton of different kids and learning different personalities. Your child is connected with you differently then someone that is a nanny. You know your child the best and other child you have to learn their ways and what is best for them.

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In some aspects it does. Knowing how to care for children, how to provide a safe environment, and know how to relate to children. Just remember as a sitter, you are not in charge of the discipline of the child unless specified by the parents. All family dynamics are different and each child is brought up differently.

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Depends, in my case my child had a disability, a hole in his heart and I thought I was a little ahead of the pack, just in dealing with all the nonsense. Many people think they are the first to be a mother. There are others that do not have it easy. Not the first or the last.

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I believe having a child of your on should count towards experience, it helps give you more wisdom in caring for a child.

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I believe that it would indeed count as Child care Experience. However, each child/parent situation is different so one should keep that in mind as they are watching over children that aren't their own.

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Olivia in Sonoma, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

YES! Being a parent is a childcare experience because you're caring for a child even if it's yours.

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User in Alameda, CA
Nov. 11, 2018

Of course, although I don't count it in my formal experience on my resume, being a parent and having raised children is a huge advantage to a child care provider.

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If you love working with children and would like your child to be there at a great child care center with you, then that would be ideal. Many centers give a reduced price for their employees. Only do it if you love working with children, so it's a positive experience for both of you.

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Yes of course, having been a parent and grandparent you better see things from all sides.

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Of course, it does! It takes a lot of work to be a parent, it's a full-time job. It gives you the experience and practice of caring for a child (or children) every day.

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User in Dandridge, TN
Nov. 10, 2018

I think parent is a great quality, but should not count as experience. We must remember these are not our children, even if we do love them as our own, they are not. We must show that we know various ways of taking care of the situations that arise, without being the final disciplinarian.

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Absolutely, I believe that having children of your own can benefit anyone who is looking for childcare. It shows that you are someone who is responsible, you have experience in caring for your children.

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Always take care of my nephews I have experience, I have patience and I am attentive and caring please take me into account for the application of the post

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I think being a parent counts some towards child care experience. It gives you a good insight to the way that children grow, develop, think, and act. What it doesn't give is experience working in a professional environment with other parents. Things such as using another parent's behavior consequences that are different than yours, helping your child share things if other children come over or helping other children share if you go to them, etc. Being a parent gives you good insight, but I don't believe parenting on its own can give you the full picture of child care.

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I have respect for any children that will abide by simply rules but also understand each other's space if needed. I am kind but I have to seperate myself to children who doesn't recognize when discipline is to be applied to their doing.

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Being a parent counts in the aspect that you simply understand kids but experience is actually knowing that in order to truly have experience one must be able to assess situations, know parental expectations, and always have a solid foundation by integrating exactly what parents want for their children.

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Personally, I believe being a parent does count as child care experience. Having your own child means you have taken care of them 24/7 in sickness, crying fits, and all the parts of growing up. Being a parent is a far underrated task.

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i also take care of a 4 year old girl and she would love to have another to play tea party etc with.

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Terri in Warwick, RI
Nov. 7, 2018

yes. absolutely. what better experience than the real one. however, realize being a parent does not always mean caring.

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Yolanda J.
Nov. 7, 2018

Yes, that experience is the best. We then know what it feel like for the child or children to have, want and get your undivided attention, because that is a must, to be able to give your attention and care while at the same time loving the fact your doing it.

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Yes it does.

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Gina in Bellmore, NY
Nov. 7, 2018

yes and no Depends on kids ages if you have any training in cpr and daycare i requires state mandatory classes and fingerprints but i think you would have a good chance of getting a job with a daycare

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Yes, I think it does count. The children you baby sit for should be given the love and attention you would give your own children.

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I would say absolutely

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User in Muskego, WI
Nov. 6, 2018

yes, being a parent is child care experience.