Childcare workers take care of children while their parents are working or away. They keep children safe and care for their everyday needs. This includes diapering babies and toddlers, feeding, dressing, grooming, medical appointments or other activities, and making sure homework gets done.
Childcare workers keep kids active, play games, and develop soft skills. Childcare workers also create enrichment activities for children of all ages, helping them learn basic concepts and get ready for kindergarten.
Educational requirements often vary by state but a high school diploma is generally all the education that is needed to start as a childcare worker. However majority of employers are looking for candidates with at least an associate degree in childhood education. Skilled workers are also in demand.
Some states and some employers require certification, such as a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification or the Child Care Professional (CCP) certification. Additionally, CPR certification, and first aid training, and a valid driver's license will help you outperform the competition.
Some states also require facilities and home childcare workers to be licensed.
- Communication and PR Skills: Childcare workers spend most of their day with children, and will need to tell stories, ask and answer questions, as well as report back to parents and understand any instructions given to you.
- Instructional Skills: Childcare workers need to be able to explain instructions clearly and in a way kids can understand.
- Patience: Children can be frustrating, especially around nap time. Being patient will help you when tense situations arise.
- Stamina: Kids are bundles of energy, and nannies need the energy to match. Carrying children, diaper bags, etc. require strength.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for childcare workers will grow faster than average between 2010 and 2020. Over the five years to November 2019, the number of openings for childcare jobs is expected to be between 149,600 and 188,600, making the vacancy level for childcare employment very high.
Job openings include employment growth as well as turnover. This is defined as people leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce. In the next 5 years, childcare employment will grow 41%, creating potential job openings (this compares with 6.9% across all occupations).
The large size of childcare worker jobs (149,600 in November 2015) suggests that opportunities should be available in most regions. Childcare worker positions to 2014-19 are expected to grow very strongly right up until November 2020.
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