How to Be a Child Care Worker

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Developing your skills as a child-care worker will let you work with children on a regular basis. Becoming a child-care worker takes some time as you learn to work with children and focus on enhancing your skills. Child-care workers can work in home-based day-care facilities or in public day-care centers and often have flexible hours.


Demand for good child-care workers is high and parents appreciate a child-care worker who is willing to work hard for the benefit of their children.

  • Decide what type of environment you would like to work in and what kind of child care you would like to offer. Tour a few day-care centers to see what working in a center would feel like and ask questions of the workers about their jobs. Ask if you can volunteer in their day-care center so that you can get the feel of working with children before you make it your career. Submit to any background checks that the center might request, because almost all child-care jobs require background checks.

  • Check your own background by going to the local state police station and requesting a background check. Read your background check carefully and try to get anything negative removed from your findings. This helps when you attempt to get a job because most employers require background checks when you work with children.

  • Consider taking classes in early education training. This will let you make more money in your child-care career and it will help you obtain a job if you do not have any previous experience. The classes will help you learn how to work with a variety of children. You can either get an associate's degree by taking two years of classes or a bachelor's degree by taking a four-year program.

  • Take CPR and first-aid courses geared towards children. This will look good on your resume when you go to work with children. Many day-care centers require these certificates.

  • Work on your child-care resume and make sure that it is geared towards working with children in a child-care setting. List any degrees you may have in early intervention and any experiences you might have had while working with children. Read your child-care resume over and make sure there are no errors on it.

  • Apply to local day-care centers and early intervention schools. Network with other day-care workers to learn about open positions in the field. Consider opening your own home-run day-care facility if you have the room; however, be aware that most states require home centers to be licensed by the state.

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