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Childcare Worker

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Basic Certificate
$15,688

City Colleges Program Options

Bilingual Teacher Aide

Child Development: Elementary Education

Child Development: Pre-School Education

Child Development: Pre-School Education/Infant Toddler

Child Development: School-age Childcare

Family Childcare Business

Nature of the Work

Childcare workers typically:
  • 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.

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Career Disclaimer

Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.