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What Do Childcare Worker Do?

Example of Childcare Worker Job Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Childcare Worker Responsibilities

  • Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
  • Sterilize bottles and prepare formulas.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Help children with homework and school work.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.

Things a Childcare Worker Should Know How to Do

When polled, Childcare Workers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Children’s Lunchroom Supervisor
  • Nursery Helper
  • Lunchroom Aide
  • Sitter
  • Hall Monitor

Childcare Worker Employment Estimates

There were about 1,216,600 jobs for Childcare Worker in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 84,300 new jobs for Childcare Worker by 2026. There will be an estimated 189,100 positions for Childcare Worker per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Childcare Worker are Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Maine, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Childcare Worker Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Childcare Workers is somewhere between $17,750 and $34,430.

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Childcare Workers who work in District of Columbia, Massachusetts, or Vermont, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Childcare Workers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $19,920
Alaska $27,900
Arizona $25,160
Arkansas $20,900
California $28,630
Colorado $28,770
Connecticut $27,400
Delaware $22,300
District of Columbia $33,110
Florida $23,590
Georgia $21,810
Hawaii $26,090
Idaho $21,740
Illinois $24,250
Indiana $21,620
Iowa $21,540
Kansas $20,650
Kentucky $21,540
Louisiana $19,820
Maine $25,010
Maryland $25,980
Massachusetts $30,090
Michigan $23,670
Minnesota $25,820
Mississippi $19,310
Missouri $23,490
Montana $22,380
Nebraska $23,980
Nevada $22,280
New Hampshire $23,940
New Jersey $26,450
New Mexico $21,940
New York $28,820
North Carolina $22,940
North Dakota $25,190
Ohio $22,740
Oklahoma $20,440
Oregon $26,740
Pennsylvania $22,920
Rhode Island $27,560
South Carolina $21,030
South Dakota $21,330
Tennessee $21,270
Texas $22,150
Utah $22,420
Vermont $29,430
Virginia $24,620
Washington $29,430
West Virginia $21,490
Wisconsin $22,630
Wyoming $24,840

Tools & Technologies Used by Childcare Workers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Childcare Workers:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software
  • Scheduling software
  • Educational software

Becoming a Childcare Worker

What education is needed to be a Childcare Worker?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Childcare Workers Are Employed

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Below are examples of industries where Childcare Workers work:

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