Book Review – Getting Started as a Residential Child Care Worker? (A Guide For Beginners)

By: Jesse E. Crone

Disclaimer: This book review is my opinion of the book. If you have a different opinion of the book that is great. I know I have loved several movies and books that other reviewers have not liked and disliked movies and books that receive great reviews. I think we all have. If you would like to submit your own review, I may consider posting it. Thanks.

Let me start by saying that this book was given to me 20 years ago by an administrator as the entire training program at a facility I worked at.  I finally finished reading it yesterday.  It is an ok basic book and very briefly covers most aspects of residential child care.  It was written in 1984 and appears to be directed at shift workers in a treatment center type setting. 

The information that it has that would be useful for live in staff can easily be found in other areas, mostly for free on this website.  It is a fairly inexpensive book; I just checked Amazon and it sells for under $6. 

To me, the main theme of the book is:

  1. Observe, Listen and don’t try to be a know-it-all when you are new.
  2. Be punctual and responsible.
  3. Learn from the experienced staff.

To all of this I say, AMEN!!!

My First Cottage in Mississippi

This is a picture of the first cottage we worked at when we moved to Mississippi.  It is an all boys cottage.  We worked in it for about 15 months.  When we left it, we were starting a new program for the facility we work at.  It was a nice cottage that had 5 bedrooms for children, 3 bedrooms for staff, and 5 total bathrooms.  I am guessing the square footage at around 5,000.  It is a pretty nice cottage and was even better when I left.  I remodeled the laundry room and it is still my wife’s favorite.

Buchanan Cottage

If there is anybody out there that would like to e-mail me a picture and description of the cottage/house/home they work in, I would be more than happy to post it here in the blog.  I will maintain your privacy and will not post any personal information.  I will only identify what state the building is in.  Send me your address with it and I will send you a printed copy of “A Diary of a Childcare Worker”

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