As a preschool teacher, you face several new and unique challenges every day. You often find yourself struggling with establishing the right curriculum, dealing with the different needs of toddlers simultaneously, and communicating minor details about the kids with the parents.

The classroom is a completely new world and paradigm for the kids, so striking a balance between conducting the classes successfully and providing answers to the kids’ curiosities becomes crucial. Many complexities come along with being an early childhood educator. Let us take a look at ten of them.

Table of content

  • Managing children
  • Executing the school curriculum
  • Lack of technological tools
  • Lesson planning
  • Preparing assessment reports
  • Parent communication
  • Handling paperwork
  • Low salaries
  • Lack of recognition
  • Limited career growth

1. Managing children

Handling a classroom full of toddlers is never an easy task. Although it brings its own set of delightful moments, it can be very exhausting. Every kid in the class has a different need, and catering to each of them while trying to instill productivity and creativity can be quite challenging. It takes a lot of patience and effort in retaining the attention of the kids, more so when you’re taking remote classes.

How can Illumine help?

With Illumine, you can take remote learning to a whole new level at your preschool. Arrange virtual classes on Illumine and ensure that parents understand the class schedule.

  • You can select the date range beneath the repeat class option if you want to create recurring courses.
  • You may also provide a YouTube link as well as an attachment.
  • Parents are alerted on the app as soon as the meeting is created.

Related guide: How to Get Kids Pay More Attention to Video Classes

2. Executing the school curriculum

Along with struggling to teach the lessons and get the message across while managing several kids at once, preschool teachers face several other challenges in terms of effectively implementing the preschool’s curriculum.

How can Illumine help?

Illumine is your hidden weapon for delivering a world-class curriculum, regardless of your educational philosophy. Design personalized courses that are compliant with your state’s early learning requirements in 5 easy steps.

  • Choose the pupils for whom you wish to update the activity in the activities section. Students can also be filtered by courses and groups.
  • If necessary, include an attachment and submit the form.
  • Parents are alerted when the curriculum is updated with new activities and can check the activity update on their timeline.

Bonus alert: Parents can even like, comment, and download photos and videos from the activity update.

3. Lack of technological tools

The emphasis on teaching with modern technology is more than ever right now, and most preschools are not equipped with the right tools to enable digital education for toddlers. This results in teachers struggling to figure out ways to make up for the lack of technology and having to make do with imparting bookish learning.

How can Illumine help?

For every tool you need, Illumine is your go-to app in 2022 to manage your classroom with ease. Empower your staff with the following tools.

  • In-app communication
  • Childcare billing
  • Digital attendance
  • Assessment creation
  • Daycare reporting
  • Lesson planner
  • Virtual classroom
  • Bus tracking, and more.

Related guide: 5 Ways Technology is Transforming Child Care Centers

4. Lesson planning

A huge chunk of a preschool teacher’s time goes into understanding the prescribed curriculum, making arrangements for various activities, and observing and documenting the kid’s progress. Figuring out lesson plans that would work for everyone becomes difficult while also having to simultaneously handle day-to-day activities and take care of all the paperwork.

How can Illumine help?

The weekly lesson plan feature in Illumine allows you to share ideas for the entire week with parents at once. When you upload a lesson for a certain day, it is immediately shared with parents, who can access it through the Illumine parent app. The best part is that to unshare a lesson; you just have to click the unshare button next to the add lesson button. Illumine = convenience.

5. Preparing assessment reports

Formulating the assessment plan and then preparing reports based on the kids’ performance is just another task that preschool teachers are responsible for. Since curriculum planning takes up most of the teachers’ time, it becomes a struggle for them to go through all the paperwork and create a child’s development report.

How can Illumine help?

Illumine’s assessment tool is one of the best preschool assessment tools you can find out there. It is built to help teachers lay down assessment formats that are quick and easy to work with. It gives teachers the freedom to either work with the pre-existing framework or customize their own to cater to the individual needs of the children.

It helps them clearly define the developments of each kid against each of the given skillset – making the process of assessment simplified and paperless, consequently saving them time and energy.

This way, the assessment software makes it easy to update parents on the progress of their child, making the areas of each child’s strengths and weaknesses clear.

Related guide: Writing Effective Preschool Assessment Reports: A Quick Guide

6. Parent communication

It is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure parents know the ins and outs of their child’s early education stage, as this is what makes up the foundation of how and what they grow into.

But equipped with so many other tasks at hand, it is no easy job to update parents of every child in their class with the developments in the class each day. This part of their job requires a lot of time, energy, and patience.

How can Illumine help?

With Illumine, parent-teacher communication is no longer a difficult task. The platform has features for parent communication with the help of which, teachers can update parents on every activity their kid does in the classroom in real-time.

From updating nap, meal, and potty times, to sharing real-time pictures and videos – its in-app messaging feature enables them to do everything – all at a touch of a few buttons.

Related guide: Activity Moments of Children at Preschool to Share with Parents

7. Handling paperwork

Preschool teachers need to maintain and update piles of paperwork daily. These documents usually include admissions, inquiries, attendance records, etc. On average, early childhood educators spend 45 minutes each day on documentation. If we take teaching and managing the kids into consideration, too, it sounds maddening. Preschool management software can help you streamline and automate bulk of the manual tasks

How can Illumine help?

Illumine has a lead CRM tool eliminating the need to manage admissions separately. The app supports the functionality to manage inquiries and admissions in the web portal too.

  • You can filter out the leads based on the month, source, status, etc.
  • On the lead page, you can change the status of the lead as well (interested, waitlisted, closed).

8. Low salaries

One of the reports by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkley states that on average, an early childhood educator earns just about $22,000 annually.

This figure, when compared to the other jobs out there, is almost shocking and demotivating. The uneven balance between the pay and the amount of workload is just another pressure point for the teachers.

9. Lack of recognition

The work that preschool teachers do is honest and humble, but also very crucial. Some of the most important cognitive developments in a child happen before the age of 5, hence, by investing time and energy into making sure the toddlers grow into their best version, the teachers are not just helping out the parents but also laying the initial bricks that will form the foundation of the skills and intellect that a child develops upon growing up.

But even though the work they do is important, early childhood educators are often underestimated and for most parts, unrecognized and unappreciated for the amount of effort they put in.

10. Limited career growth

Because of their hectic schedules and already preoccupied lives, preschool teachers don’t get a chance to look out for or go after new opportunities, and the room for growth is very little for them.

Most of the time, preschool teacher is occupied with taking care of all the commitments they have at their respective childcare institutions. Hence, they barely have any time to focus on themselves or their careers. They often get stuck at where they are in their lives, with no time or opportunities to grow.

How can Illumine help?

Illumine is designed to help teachers do all of their tasks quickly and effortlessly. As a result, teachers will be able to save up to 45 minutes each day by not having to deal with paperwork. Our childcare software empowers instructors to automate most of their teaching process, giving them more energy and time to spend with the kids.

Wrap up

All in all, being a preschool teacher is a work of passion and commitment. The workload of the teachers is enormous and is also very challenging daily. As easy as it might sound, it’s not.

Illumine enables teachers to accomplish more in less time. Book a free demo with us to make your daily tasks less tedious and improve the learning experience of your students while giving yourself opportunities to develop professionally.

You can also start your 11-day free trial with all features today to put yourself first on a journey to change your teachers’ lives. Prioritize yourself with Illumine!

Ps- If you are starting a new preschool, then make sure you go through this preschool guide

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