A child-care teacher's aide, or preschool teacher's assistant, helps teachers with children, offering an extra set of eyes, ears and hands in the class. A teacher's aide may assist with learning in a preschool or day-care center, but also may help care for babies and small children. Many preschools break down the rooms by the age of the children.
A child-care teacher's aide assists the classroom teacher with the care, well-being and teaching of the children. A child-care teacher's aide generally help with children ranging from birth through age 5, so the responsibilities can vary depending on the age group. In an infant room, the responsibilities are geared more toward caring for the babies, whereas in a room for children ages 4 to 5, the responsibilities are geared more toward teaching the children.
Responsibilities for 0- to 2-Year-Old Rooms
A child-care teacher's aide working with children from birth to age 2 is helping the child-care room teacher with the basic care and well-being of the babies. This can include changing diapers, feeding, rocking and tending to crying children. The teacher's aide carefully supervises each child to ensure that she is safe and has her basic needs met. The teacher's aide also thoroughly cleans the room to ensure that there are no small objects anywhere on the floor, and that the floor is clean so babies can crawl, sit and roll on them.
Responsibilities for 3- to 5-Year-Old Rooms
A child-care teacher's aide working with 3- to 5-year-olds ensures their basic care and helps introduce them to learning in an organized center. An aide works with his teacher to organize things within the classroom like games, art, music and dance. An aide also helps teach basic concepts to the children, such as the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. Additionally, a child-care teacher's aide assists with getting supplies ready, getting snacks and lunches ready and on the table for the children, and cleaning the toys and the child-care room.
A child-care teacher's aide works in a day-care or child-care center, usually with children from birth to age 5, although there are after-school programs for children up to age 10 at some centers. A teacher's aide may work with one individual class with kids all the same age, or she may rotate through the different classes and assist all of the age groups. A child-care teacher's aide position is available to both full-time and part-time employees. A day-care center is routinely open early in the morning and into the early evening, so employees may work anywhere from 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. Weekends are not usually required for the position, however some holidays, such as Memorial Day, President's Day and Labor Day are typically required.
Wages and Benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for a child-care teacher's aide was $19,090 in 2008. Benefits for child day-care center employees are minimal. Most employers offer no health care or dental benefits. Employees typically receive a small amount of sick and vacation days after at least a year of employment and many offer very reduced prices for their employees to enroll their children in the day-care center.
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