ChildCare Workers

by Akiya Clark

Nature of the Job:

Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework. Childcare workers care for the basic needs of infants and toddlers, changing their diapers and preparing their meals. They also maintain the children’s schedules, such as play, nap, and meal times.


Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Hours may vary.

How To Become One :

Childcare workers are employed in childcare centers, preschools, public schools, and private homes. They spend much of their day moving around the room to work with the children in their care. Carrying children, bending to lift children, and kneeling


The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The median hourly wage for childcare workers was $9.38 in May 2012

Job Outlook :

There will always be a high demand for childcare workers because people will always need people to take care of their children while they are at work.