Child Care Worker By: Kaitlyn Marks


The nature of work for child care workers can be different depending on what job you have. Generally, they monitor the safety of the children, prepare and organize their meals and snacks, make sure the child is keeping a good hygiene, and change diapers. They may also develop routines for the child's rest, food, and physical activity and watch for signs of emotional and development problems.


24% of child care services are day-cares. Those that work in day cares have more responsibilities. Some responsibilities they may have are cleaning the day care, buying groceries and buying some of the kids needs. Most child care workers work full-time. The area they work in must be child proof and they are outside a lot. Normally, there is a ratio of the number of staff to each kid. Full time nannies can work up to 40 hours a week.


Attire should be casual. Because for some of the time they're outside, comfortable shoes should be worn.

Training and preparation

Generally they only need a high-school diploma but most directors have a bachelors degree. A way to get experience is by babysitting or working as a camp supervisor. There's normally short term or on the job training. First Aid and CPR training is very helpful.


Lower 10% of child care workers receive $8.12/hour. Higher 10% of child care workers receive $17. 40/hour. Median $10.50/hour. Starting by working at private school day cares can range from $12,000- $25,000 a year.


Some start as a babysitter for training which is normally minimum wage to about $8.12. Teachers that work in a daycare receive around $10.50. A director (normally need a bachelors degree) can make up to $17.40

Job outlook

It is estimated that child care jobs from 2014 to 2024 will increase by 5%. In the future, parents will continue to need someone to help with their children during work hours. Job opportunities are favorable for those that want to work in child care service because a lot of jobs only include a high-school diploma.

Related Occupations

Some occupations that are similar to being a child care worker are a nanny, special education teacher, child life specialist, or a teacher. A nanny normally works with a specific family every day. Child life specialists work in hospitals with children that are suffering from illnesses and try to make them feel happier and get their minds off of thinking about the hospital.

Accurate or inaccurate?

I think that this job is accurate for me. Even though it doesn't have the best pay, there are more benefits towards the job. One benefit is that most of the jobs do not require extra schooling beyond high school. This prevents having to worry about student loans after graduation. Another positive is that parents will always need nannies, babysitters, etc. There are many jobs that will be eliminated in the future do to higher technology that can do the job faster. A child care worker can not be replaced by a machine. Lastly, you can get a lot of experience with working with kids. You can have a better understanding of how kids think. A child care worker is an accurate job for me.


  • Bureau Of Labor Statistics. (2015, December 17). Child care workers. Retrieved February 8, 2017, from
  • Weintraub, A. (2000). Choosing a Career in Child Care. The Rosen Publishing Group.

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