Childcare Workers

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Also known as:
Au Pair, Baby Sitter, Before and After School Daycare Worker, Childcare Aide, Childcare Attendant, Childcare Worker, Day Care Attendant, Day Care Worker, Daycare Aide, Daycare Provider

ABOUT CHILDCARE WORKER CAREERS
Video transcript

Nothing is more important than the proper nurturing of a child. And whether serving as a day care center employee, camp counselor, or teacher aide, nurturing is exactly what a childcare worker does. Finger painting, show-and-tell, and group projects are much more than just activities to keep kids busy. They help children develop communications skills, build self-confidence, and learn how to work with others.

In addition to good teaching skills, childcare workers need to be able to deal patiently with difficult children or demanding parents. Of course, it's also important to truly enjoy working with kids. Being a childcare worker isn't always easy. But few things are more satisfying than knowing that you've helped a young mind and body strengthen and grow.

SNAPSHOT
Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Organize and participate in recreational activities and outings, such as games and field trips.

Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.

Perform housekeeping duties, such as laundry, cleaning, dish washing, and changing of linens.

Dress children and change diapers.

Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.

Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.

Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.

Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.

Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.

Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.

Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
TOP SKILLS
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.