Childcare Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Median Annual Wage: $19,730

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (52%); Associate's degree (13%); Bachelor's degree (13%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Toddler Teacher; Teacher Assistant; Child Care Worker; Child Caregiver; Childcare Worker; Before and After School Daycare Worker; Child Care Provider; Infant and Toddler Teacher; Infant Teacher; Child Care Teacher

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Childcare Workers.

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  • Dress children and change diapers.
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
  • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
  • Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
  • Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
  • Regulate children's rest periods.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as laundry, cleaning, dish washing, and changing of linens.
  • Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Organize and participate in recreational activities and outings, such as games and field trips.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Childcare Workers.

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Childcare Workers.

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