Child care providers supervise children in a facility, providing education and keep them safe until the guardians return. These professionals must provide engaging activities that are age appropriate and promote appropriate behavior. Their typical day consists of welcoming the children in the morning and taking attendance, followed by directly working with the children for the remainder of the day; these interactions could include guided play, free play, education, and meals. At the end of the day, logs must be maintained to show exactly what the children did and if any educational progress was made; these logs are typically shared with the guardians when the children are picked up.
Child care providers usually work indoors, but often activities take place outdoors if the weather is appropriate. There is quite a bit of physical activity in this position, such as picking up children, running with them during play, and maintaining a high energy level to keep the children engaged. Occasionally, child care providers are expected to assist in medical emergencies as they occur. Safety must be at the forefront of providers' minds, and they must constantly evaluate the environment for potential safety concerns. Although child care providers work mainly with children, they also work with guardians and management.
Child care providers are generally required to have a high school diploma or equivalent, but an associate’s degree is often preferred. They must have recently completed proper safety training, which usually includes CPR and Child Care First Aid. Several years' experience working with children is required for any child care provider.
Child Care Provider Tasks
Provide a safe, orderly environment in which children's needs (physical, emotional, social, etc.) are met effectively.
Maintain appropriate documentation.
Interact with other adults, including parents and fellow child care workers, on behalf of children.
Contribute to facility's planning and administration.