Careers in Child CareThinking Of Becoming A Child Care Provider?

Child Care providers typically work in Child Care centers, private households, or their own homes. Child Care providers may work longer hours than a normal 9-5 to accommodate the later pick-up times of parents. A Child Care worker introduces babies and toddlers to basic concepts by reading to them and playing with them. For example, they teach young children how to share and take turns by playing games with other children, and they often help preschool-aged children prepare for kindergarten through early childhood education.

Here’s a look into the day in the life of a Child Care Provider:

  • Supervise and monitor the safety of all children
  • Prepare and organize mealtimes and snacks for children
  • If needed the changing of diapers
  • Apply a curriculum that will allow children to learn and explore their interests
  • Watch out for any signs of developmental and emotional problems in children and bringing them to the attention of parents
  • Watch for any signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and making the parents aware
  • Keep records of children’s progress, routines, and their interests
  • Making sure that children only a daily basis have enough physical activity, playtime, and rest

Education Licenses and Credentials

Depending on what state you reside in, as well the setting in which you will be offering Child Cares services, you may need a certificate or a degree in early childhood education. For instance, Child Care providers who work at programs like Head State must be working towards a child development credential or a post-secondary degree. Child Care providers in some states are required to complete training before they are allowed to work with children.

If you plan on being a Child Care provider that offers services in your own home, it will be a requirement that you obtain a state license. The licensing process varies state-to-state and is often determined by the number of children you will be caring for. The procedure to receive your license involves orientation and passing a home inspection where licensing agents will conduct an in-home inspection to make sure that you, as a Child Care provider, meet all state requirements for cleanliness, safety, and organization.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a credential that is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. To receive the CDA credential, you will need to have at least 480 hours of Child Care work experience in addition to 120 hours of education in Child Care. Another part of the application process is that you will have to take an exam and receive a passing score as well as be observed at your job. This credential is part of the requirements for licensing for 49 states.

A certification that’s offered by the National Early Childhood Program, The Child Care Professional (CCP), is recognized by some states and requires you to have a high school diploma, a passing score on an exam, and Child Care experience.

A Career Beyond Being A Child Care Provider

Child Care providers that have a substantial amount of experience in Child Care can advance to positions such as supervisors and directors in Child Care facilities.