Directors of child care oversee child care facilities and supervise any teachers, teaching assistants, and child care associates working in the facility. They also oversee the hiring of new employees and train new hires for their appointed positions. They collaborate with parents to determine the educational needs of each child and ensure that the teachers and other employees are meeting those needs. Directors of child care support the facility's teachers and teaching assistants in their daily endeavors and make sure the center runs smoothly and efficiently.
To be a director of child care, a bachelor's degree in a related field (such as early childhood education) is required. Management experience is also needed. Most positions require experience working directly with children, communication skills, the ability to create and monitor budgets, and the ability to lead in stressful or crisis situations. Directors of child care represent the facility, and, as such, they are held accountable for the operation of the entire business.
Directors of child care work mostly indoors; however, most facilities have outdoor play areas for children, so some time is spent outside as a supervisor. A typical day may involve office work, meetings with parents and teachers, screening job applicants, handling any serious problems with students, and conducting team meetings with employees about curriculum and policies. These positions are full time, and a typical day may last from early morning to mid evening.
Director, Child Care Tasks
Allocate funds for staff, supplies, materials and equipment.
Recruit, select and retain quality staff.
Set educational standards and goals, and establish programs to carry them out.
Ensure an educational, caring and safe environment for children enrolled in child care.
Direct operation of child care center or preschool.