Daycare providers are responsible for caring for children when their parents and guardians are working or otherwise unavailable. They must take good care of children's basic needs, such as feeding and diaper-changing, and some daycare providers work in an educational setting to teach children socially and academically.
It is helpful for daycare providers to have basic knowledge of arts/crafts, music, and simple scientific experiments. Educational requirements for this position can vary depending on the employer, and some daycare centers which teach basic academic skills to children may prefer candidates who have an associate's or bachelor's degree in early education or child/youth development, while other facilities require only a high school diploma and the proper training and preparation.
Licensing or certification may be necessary for this position, and applicants must also pass extensive background screening and have their fingerprints taken. Daycare providers must enjoy working with children and be patient, reliable, and organized, and strong communication and customer service skills are also beneficial in this position. They should also be able to work independently as well as in a team environment, and flexibility is often necessary to work on a rotating-shift basis.
Daycare 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.