Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Start your own childcare to make money

Today I went to a social mixer hosted on Meetup in Melbourne CBD. It was a mixer for entrepreneurs.

I knew we all had to socialise, but I actually was not prepared to answer when they asked me which line of work I was in.

I ended up responding that I was in between ventures of helping in a family event planning venture, and doing my own thing in childcare.

One smart chap quickly picked up on that, saying that childcare makes a lot of money.

I said to him that childcare in Wyndham Vale is charging roughly on average $120 per child per day. Childcare centres can be up to 29 children, or even 59 children.

(I didn't share with him that I was only thinking of starting small, at maybe 5 children for starters, but anyways...)

He actually took out his calculator, and multiplied $120 x 29 children  x 20 days x 12 months. 

That's roughly $835,200 before taxes, salary, and bills for one year.

Seriously speaking, I wasn't even thinking about the money aspect. I was just thinking that I wanted to write my own purposeful play program hashed with the  montessori curriculum, and manage it in my own way.

I like being the boss of my own work, and don't like working for others.

Well, anyways, his perspective gave me some thoughts to chew upon. I had completely forgotten that childcare in Australia is capable of being a money maker, with the right qualifications.

Yes, if you want to start your own childcare centre, it is preferable that you have a normal (non montessori related) Bachelors degree, a diversity of skills, as well as a Montessori diploma.

Having both allows me to have understanding of the different curriculums and methods in learning which I can market to parents.

The MCI UK based Diploma Montessori only allows one retake of their theoretical paper. If you fail the second time, you have to redo the entire programme all over again.

It is a rigorous study programme, which requires a lot of hands on practice, as well as memorization. There is the theoretical paper, as well as the practical examination. Both needs to be passed before completing the internship element.

Hence if you pass it with flying colours, I really salute you as it has a strict marking process (like every British based examination, that all students of my time  fear and still do).

That's why I hate doing British examination board based exams until now.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy Level 3 and 4.

The Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy, Level 3 and 4 is the newest offering from MCI.  This qualification is replacing the former Int.Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy as offered by MCI, UK.

This diploma is developed jointly between MCI, Crossfields Institute and CACHE. It is the first Montessori qualification to be regulated by Ofqual on the NQF.

As this qualification is a UK qualification, there is a need for the understanding of the different levels of their qualifications. This page explains the different NQF Level qualifications.

A Level 3 qualification is equivalent to GSCE A Levels, or STPM/ Form Six (For Malaysians)

A Level 4 qualification is equivalent to a UK BTEC Professional Diploma Level. 

In essence, the Diploma is a pre-university qualification. 

What Next?

A good explanation is given through the London Metropolitan University which offers the Montessori Early Childhood Practice Foundation Degree (yes they exist in UK's Education NQF rating system).

It is a one year full time course for graduates of the MCI Diploma.

The completion of the above qualification would allow you apart from the usual university entrance requirements, enrolment to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. 

In a nutshell: 

Pre Uni after GSCE O Levels or SPM: 

A Levels/ STPM equivalence: 
MCI Dip (1-2 years) 

University Level:  

FdA (1 year) 

BA (Hons): 3 years ish or less? 


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Salary of Montessori Teachers (8 years later)

Recently I reread an old post that I wrote in 2008.
It was an article I wrote about teacher's salaries when I was working in New South Wales.

Has much changed since then?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Home made budget Montessori teaching resources

You can guess the direction where my daycare is heading towards.

The learning program will be drawing most of its inspiration from Montessori teaching method, and some from play based programming for the sake of accreditation in Australia.

Due to my previous work experience in a Montessori long day care centre in Narwee, I do have some understanding how the accreditation process for preschools here work.

Here are some links for budget and making Montessori teaching materials and resources from scratch.

http://www.montessoriathomebook.com/Home.html/book/materials/

http://www.homeschoolmontessori.com/MandPh/MustHaveMontessoriMaterials.pdf

http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/08/10/how-to-add-godly-play-to-your-homeschool/

http://www.confessionsofamontessorimom.com/2013/03/how-many-montessori-materials-do-you.html


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