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Day Care Worker Job Description, Career as a Day Care Worker, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training High school and on-the-job training

Salary Average—$9.76 per hour

Employment Outlook Very good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Workers in day care centers help preschool children in their educational and personal growth. Under a director's supervision, they provide all the necessary primary care for infants and independent and group activities for toddlers and older children. Through games and exercises, they help children develop self-esteem, curiosity, imagination, physical skills, and speech. Workers also oversee the children's health and nutrition, sometimes having the children participate in the preparation of breakfast and lunch.

Some day care centers are nonprofit organizations operated or subsidized by community or government agencies, while others are privately owned. Many corporations run day care centers for the children of their employees. Children's parents may assist staff members.

Education and Training Requirements

Day care workers must have high school diplomas and know how to make children feel secure. Some form of on-the-job training is usually required. Many workers enroll in formal programs that include courses in education, nutrition, psychology, and speech. Some two-year colleges offer associate's degrees in preschool or early childhood education.

Workers interested in advancement to administrative positions need bachelor's degrees. Some centers require teaching certification for higher-level positions.

Getting the Job

Job seekers can apply directly to day care centers. State departments of education often have information about state-run centers. School placement offices, newspaper classified ads, and job banks on the Internet are other sources of employment information.

Day care workers tend to the needs of preschool children at a day care center. They use a variety of games and exercises to aid a child's growth. (© Jacques M. Chenet/Corbis.)

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Day care workers usually start as staff assistants. After a period of training, they take responsibility for the care of a group of children. With extensive experience, they may advance to supervisor. Workers with college degrees in early childhood development or related fields may start at positions with more responsibility.

The job outlook is very good through 2014. Turnover in the field is high. In addition, increases in the number of children under age five and in the number of women of childbearing age entering the labor force are expected over the next decade, creating a demand for day care.

Working Conditions

Many day care centers are open twelve hours each day, with staff working eight-hour shifts. Usually a worker is in charge of a group of six to twelve children. Some centers are in modern buildings specially designed for day care, while others are in remodeled homes or older buildings. Some are on the premises of factories or corporations where the children's parents are employed.

Where to Go for More Information

National Association for the Education of Young Children
1313 L St. NW, Ste. 500
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-2460
http://www.naeyc.org

National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies
3101 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 350
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 341-4100
http://www.naccrra.org

National Child Care Association
2025 M St. NW, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20036-3309
(800) 543-7161
http://www.nccanet.org

Earnings and Benefits

Earnings and benefits of day care workers vary according to education, experience, and the type of day care center. In 2004 the average wage was $9.76 per hour. Benefits ranged from minimal to average when compared with other professions.

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over 5 years ago

i want to start my own day care facility but im not sure where to start. can anyone help me out?

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over 6 years ago

I would like to work in a daycare but i dont have any working experience, where do i go to get the experience needed to work in a daycare until i finish going to school?

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over 6 years ago

what kind of classes do u need to take at highschool to become a child care worker?

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over 5 years ago

hi, im 15 years of age, i love kids. i want to work with them. where do i get the experienced? help me please...?

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over 5 years ago

im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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over 5 years ago

Iam padmini iIhave deploma in montisore and daycare.Before i working in school seven years.every certificate i have.i passed advans level science there fore i like do a job for daycare and montisore please help me padmin

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over 5 years ago

hii i would like to kno ,more about dsay care

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almost 6 years ago

hi i am fixing to be a senior in high school and i love kids

i want to own a daycare and have a photography business after college but i am not sure what classes i need to take do tat i live in missouri i am planning on going to three rivers college some one help me out

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almost 6 years ago

heey sup im in high school and i love kids i would soooo love to be a daycare worker. My mother was one and i will be too!

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about 6 years ago

My name is Nikki, I'm 14 and I've been interested in childcare (specifically daycare) all my life.

But I don't know what kind of an education I would need, I'm finishing High School currently, but am confused on what I need to do to become a daycare worker.

If anyone who reads this can help me, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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about 6 years ago

i love working with all children i have 3 children my self and i also work a school cooking for children can you please help me out i am a single person and i need a better job and daycare is the one for me that is my dream to be.

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almost 6 years ago

i am a wife and mother of three.i want to start a daycare centre. i have all the resources, but i dont have any certicates to show for such. i am thinking about hireing qualified workers while i manage the business .let me know if you think its a good idea

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about 6 years ago

i would love to be a daycare worker but i cant yet because im still in school i also love kids

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almost 9 years ago

I am 15. I want to work in this field, but I'm not sure where to start. Help?

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about 6 years ago

i would love to be working at a daycare but i dont know ow to.. can u help me

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over 5 years ago

Hi. right now i am 14 but when i get old enough I would like to start a daycare business or I would like to be a daycare worker . but my problem is that I just don't know what to do to get started . thanks .

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over 6 years ago

Im 17 terning 18 january 6.I want to work in this feild but i dont know were to start i want to have a job in a daycare center but i dont know if i can (HELP!)

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almost 7 years ago

Hello there,
I am a 17 year old named Ariel(will be 18 in November). I go to Miami Valley Career Technology Center for Early Childhood Education where I am a Junior. I really would like to find a job in this field. I've done a lot of baby sitting. and i am red cross certificated, in babysitting care and CPR. I live in Huber Heights, Ohio.

Can someone please help me find a job?

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about 7 years ago

Wanted to address some of the questions from young people. I am a Center Director. Becky, I commend you. There are different routes to starting daycare centers that depend a lot on the state you're in. In my state, and probably in TX, centers must be licensed. They are inspected by a regulatory agency that sets up rules for them. It can be overwhelming to learn all of the rules, but as you start reading, you find that they are a helpful guide to show you what steps to take. Since you want to be the founder, you will probably want to be the Director. You may study Child Development, which usually falls under a sort of catch-all "Family and Consumer Sciences" program, or you may study Education, with an emphasis on Special Ed. Talk to your academic advisor when you start school for guidance on this, then set appointments in the schools of FCS and Education. If you can find a mentor in your area that person will be an amazing help to you. When you're looking at start-up, know that daycares are rarely profitable, due to the high cost of providing quality care. I would recommend the non-profit route, bc you'll be eligible for grants, state funding, and tax exemptions that for-profit programs can't get. (I've worked both). This is going to be a really exciting venture. Good luck!



Those with questions on training, YES, you need it. Think of the awesome responsibility of planning meaningful learning opportunities for young children at the most impressionable stages of their lives! These kids can learn so many things, and the experiences they have now will affect their learning and their success for the rest of their lives. If you want to be a child care provider, you should have a commitment to educational excellence. You should go out and learn as much as you can (Yes, it's okay to have a GED instead of a diploma, but you should still go to college). Those of you taking classes now, great job! Keep learning, and let's keep advocating for high program standards for our kids, and recognition that child care workers are professionals with one of the biggest responsibilities in any career. This is how we work for higher pay and benefits across the field.

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about 8 years ago

I am 17, 18 in august 2009, and im wanting to work in this field, isn't just a ged okay for working in this field?



And, do you really need on-the-job-training??



Thanks for your time.

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over 5 years ago

hi im bridgettt i love working with kids TOLDERS.INFANTS.I JUST LOVE KIDS CAUSE IM A GOOD PERSON AND IF U WANT THIS JOB U HAVE TO HAVE PATIENTS CAUSE THEY ARE KIDS THEY DNT UNDERSTAND WHAT YHEY ARE DOING SO JUST GIVE IT A TRY AND EXPERINCE IT

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over 5 years ago

hi i'm Nicole i love children and they most of time like me. i'm 13 but going in to Appleton East High School so i want to know what courses i should take?



Thank You!

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over 5 years ago

im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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over 5 years ago

im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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im still in 11th grade but im excited to start workin with kids:)

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almost 6 years ago

Day Care Worker Job Description, Career as a Day Care Worker, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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over 7 years ago

My name is Becky Taylor and I am a senior at Henderson High School in Henderson Texas. I have an autistic brother and I want to open a special education day care. Since it is new would I have to do anything different to get my degree?

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over 7 years ago

I'm a senoir this year from East Burke High School. I love to work with kids a lot. I took classes in school this semester and 2nd semester too. The class that I'm taking is Early Childhood 1 & 2

I would love to learn more about kids when I finshed high school.

I want to have a job working with kids! Thank you!

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over 8 years ago

I am a senior at Williamson High and I love kids so much. I was wanting to work in this field where I wont have to go to college. So would you please consider helping me?



Thank you!

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about 9 years ago

I am a Nepali woman, aged 30, living in Arlington. I have completed masters degree in English literature and have experience of teaching young children. I have a daughter of 3 years old and I am in search of a work place where I can take my child with me. I would be pleased, if that is possible with you! Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.



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almost 6 years ago

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about 7 years ago

what are the annual earnings as a day care worker??

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over 5 years ago

i love my hubby david and we got 5 kids an im only 18 and so is he we jus love kids so we wanna own our own daycare:)

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over 5 years ago

whats up child care wanna beeeee's? (:

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about 1 year ago

I want to start with a daycare centre, can anyone help me please and inbox me the necessary information.

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over 1 year ago

I would like to go to a daycare center where there are little kids because I love kids sooooo much and I need someone advice of when I can start at a daycare center. Which grade should I be able to start I am in grade 8 right now.

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over 2 years ago

Kayla copied my comment that said

I was just hired on as a day care worker for the 2 year old room. If I had any advice for the teens who want to know how to start it would be baby sitting. Getting a general and complete knowledge of smaller kids, the ages you'd like to work with, is imperative. I've never worked in a day care before, but I've always loved kids and without my baby sitting experience I probably wouldn't have gotten this job, no matter how much I know about kids. Also, it helps to be CPR/First Aid certified or make known that your very willing to do so. I also wasn't certified in anything when I got the job, but I made sure they knew that it would be done if they hired me and if your going to be baby sitting, that's probably best if you do too. Mostly though, I would concentrate on my high school studies. the more educated you are the more appealing you'll look. You don't want to slip and use slang on your application or resume. Good Luck.

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almost 4 years ago

Hi im tiffany , I wanna be a day care worker i am 25 years old , i already have a degree in preschool , i have a child of my own , i really get a long with kids i will be great for this job ! I LOVE KIDS !!!

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about 4 years ago

I was just hired on as a day care worker for the 2 year old room. If I had any advice for the teens who want to know how to start it would be baby sitting. Getting a general and complete knowledge of smaller kids, the ages you'd like to work with, is imperative. I've never worked in a day care before, but I've always loved kids and without my baby sitting experience I probably wouldn't have gotten this job, no matter how much I know about kids. Also, it helps to be CPR/First Aid certified or make known that your very willing to do so. I also wasn't certified in anything when I got the job, but I made sure they knew that it would be done if they hired me and if your going to be baby sitting, that's probably best if you do too. Mostly though, I would concentrate on my high school studies. the more educated you are the more appealing you'll look. You don't want to slip and use slang on your application or resume. Good Luck.

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about 4 years ago

I am a 47 year old woman and I am seeking a job in early childcare. I have recently graduated from Albany Technical College from Early Childcare in December 2012. I really enjoyed working with the 4 to 5 year olds. I plan on going back to school to work on my Bachlors and Masters in Early Childcare.

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almost 5 years ago

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almost 5 years ago

We have a large home day care (10 kids)in our home. We have 2 employees and are paid hourly. No medical, vacation or sick benefits are provided. Employees may take any time off they need at no pay. Have summers off and all school vacaation off. We are in MA and are required to have only one employee, but have a second for our own convienence. So, are these employees considered contract employees or what?

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about 5 years ago

I would like to become a partime child care, worker, I've been or working with the,Dayton, broad and Trotwood broad for years, they have no work.

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about 5 years ago

can day care workers can also apply for eligibility in DILG as they serve atleast 10 years in the day care like barangay captains, barangay treasurer and barangay secretary?