Childcare Workers

Description

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

Tasks

  • Maintain a safe play environment.
  • 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.
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
  • 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.
  • Provide care for mentally disturbed, delinquent, or handicapped children.
  • Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
  • Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
  • Perform general personnel functions, such as supervision, training, and scheduling.
  • Help children with homework and school work.
  • Sterilize bottles and prepare formulas.
  • Accompany children to and from school, on outings, and to medical appointments.
  • Place or hoist children into baths or pools.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills

Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Abilities

Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Response Orientation
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Afterschool Counselor
Aide
Attendant
Au Pair
Baby Attendant
Baby Sitter
Babysitter
Before and After School Daycare Worker
Boarding Mother
Bus Escort
Bus Matron
Child Attendant
Child Care Aide
Child Care Assistant
Child Care Attendant
Child Care Development Specialist
Child Care Provider
Child Care Sitter
Child Care Supervisor
Child Care Worker
Child Caregiver
Child Daycare Worker
Child Life Specialist
Child Monitor
Child's Nurse
Childcare Aide
Childcare Assistant
Childcare Attendant
Childcare Provider
Childcare Specialist
Childcare Worker
Children's Aide
Children's Attendant
Children's Institution Attendant
Children's Lunchroom Supervisor
Children's Tutor
Classroom Monitor
Day Care Aide
Day Care Assistant
Day Care Attendant
Day Care Home Mother
Day Care Home Provider
Day Care Supervisor
Day Care Worker
Daycare Aide
Daycare Assistant
Daycare Provider
Family Day Care Provider
Governess
Hall Monitor
Home Child Care Provider
Infant Childcare Provider
Lunchroom Aide
Lunchroom Attendant
Lunchroom Monitor
Lunchroom Mother
Mother Helper
Nanny
Nursemaid
Nursery Attendant
Nursery Day Care Worker
Nursery Helper
Nursery School Attendant
Nursery Supervisor
Parent Aide
Playground Aide
Playground Attendant
Playground Monitor
Playground Supervisor
Playroom Attendant
Preschool Aide
Preschool Assistant
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
School Bus Monitor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$9.38 hourly, $19,510 annual.
Employment (2008):
624,520 employees