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Childcare Worker

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Childcare Workers Career Video

About This Career

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

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development and Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Maintains a safe play environment.
  • Observes and monitors children's play activities.
  • Communicates with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Supports children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Cares for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
  • Sanitizes toys and play equipment.
  • Dresses children and changes diapers.
  • Keeps records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Identifies signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and brings them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Instructs children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Daycare Teacher
  • Daycare Worker
  • Infant Teacher
  • Toddler Teacher
  • Caregiver
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Caregiver
  • Childcare Provider


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