Child Care Worker

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Childcare Worker

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 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.

Environment

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

How to become a childcare worker

Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from less than a high school diploma to an early childhood education certification.

Pay

The median hourly wage for childcare workers is $9.38

Job outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs.

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  • Kindergarten & Elementary Teacher
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