Do you have what it takes to work with children?
Working with children is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet, it can, however, also be a very demanding job. If you are considering opening a franchise for children, for example, a tutoring franchise or an out of school club franchise, you should consider the below characteristics which will help you decide whether working with children is right for you.
Children tend to process things a lot slower than adults, this is because their understanding of the world is not as in-depth and clear. If you plan to work with children you must be prepared to frequently answer questions, constantly repeat information and handle multiple problems at once. To stop you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated in these situations, it is important you have patience.
When a child sees that an adult is upset or worried, it escalates their emotions. For this reason, it is essential to be able to keep cool and calm in stressful situations around children. For example, if a child falls and badly hurts themselves you must keep calm and relax the child, no matter how worried you may be on the inside.
Children feed off positive energy. If you ask them to do something with a smile or explain to them why a task such as putting away their belongings is exciting, they are much more likely to do something. If you believe you can maintain a steady level of enthusiasm all day, you may find you are very suited to working with children.
There is no doubt about it, being on your feet or all day or all evening is physically demanding. This demand is even greater when you have multiple children pulling you in different directions and demanding your attention.
If you plan to open a franchise for children, you may not necessarily want to work with children yourself, and instead, hire a team of staff who will work with children directly. If you are hiring staff to work with children, consider the above characteristics to ensure you hire the right members for your team.
To learn more about franchises for children, take a look around the Children franchises directory!