Childcare Workers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • After School Counselor
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Attendant
  • Au Pair
  • Baby Attendant
  • Before and After School Daycare Worker
  • Boarding Mother
  • Bus Escort
  • Bus Matron
  • Caregiver
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $22,510 with most people making between $18,000 and $30,100

Outlook

0.38%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 33,070 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 34,330 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 126 openings due to growth and about 974 replacement openings for approximately 1,100 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Silver certificate

Skill Level
Listening5
Observation5
Applied Mathematics4
Locating Information4
Reading for Information4
Writing4
Teamwork4