Child Care Workers

Job Summary

Childcare workers take care of children by helping them bathe, get dressed, eat and supervise their play. They may also help develop children academic skills by using creative ways to teach them how to count, read, talk or interact with others. Child care workers may help small children prepare for kindergarten and further help older children with their homework.


Childcare workers generally carry out the following duties:

  • Ensure that children under their care are safe at all times and during all activities

  • Maintain a healthy and sanitary condition of children which may include bathing, cleaning and changing diapers

  • Develop a curriculum to help children learn about their surroundings

  • Organize meal and snack schedules

  • Organize schedules which ensure that children get enough time for play, rest, meals and learning

  • Monitor the emotions of children to identify any developmental or emotional issues and report to parents

  • Monitor and log children's progress, interests and routines


A high school diploma or equivalent is usually enough for Child care workers but a post secondary degree in early childhood education may be beneficial. However, the requirements for Childcare workers will vary with regards to setting, state and employer.


In order to test childcare workers effectively, employers usually administer work ethic's personality test and the cognitive IQ test to asses a worker's ethical standard of conduct and their ability to efficiently handle everyday hurdles and administer appropriate child rearing techniques.


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Child Care Workers

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$23,240 per year, $11.17 per hour
Entry level qualification
High school diploma or equivalent
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)