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Working As A Child Care Attendant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Care Attendant Do

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

Duties

Personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s or mental illness
  • Engage clients by talking to or playing games with them, or by taking them for walks
  • Help clients with hygiene-related tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom
  • Transfer clients to and from a bed or a wheelchair
  • Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas
  • Help prepare and plan meals
  • Assist with organizing a client’s schedule and schedule appointments
  • Arrange transportation to and from doctors’ offices or the store
  • Help clients pay bills or manage money
  • Shop for personal items and groceries
  • Assist clients in going to work and participating in their communities

Personal care aides—also called caregivers and personal attendants—help clients with self-care and daily activities. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any medical services, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services.

Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.

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How To Become A Child Care Attendant

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

Integrity. Personal care aides should make clients feel comfortable when the aides tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, personal care aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Sometimes clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Average Yearly Salary
$23,000
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$15,000
Min 10%
$23,000
Median 50%
$23,000
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$23,000
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$23,000
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$23,000
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$23,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Vail Resorts
Highest Paying City
Newark, NJ
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Child Care Attendant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Child Care Attendant in the United States is $23,524 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $15,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $35,000.

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Top Skills for A Child Care Attendant

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Personal Care
  3. Daily Living Activities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide assistance with meal preparation, physical mobility, transportation and home support.
  • Cared for patient by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, and assisting with their personal care.
  • Provided primary resident care and assistance with daily living activities.
  • Presented excellent customer service skills while communicating with parents and coworkers.
  • Provided caring companionship to elderly and developmentally disabled patients.

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  5. North Dakota
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Child Care Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

76.0%

Unknown

12.2%

Male

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

French

5.6%

German

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Swahili

1.4%

Swedish

1.4%

Khmer

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Somali

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Czech

1.4%

Dari

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Italian

1.4%
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Child Care Attendant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

Wichita State University

12.4%

Sierra College

8.0%

The Academy

7.0%

Ashford University

6.0%

California State University - Sacramento

5.0%

College of Southern Nevada

5.0%

University of Kansas

4.0%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Emporia State University

4.0%

American River College

3.5%

Pima Community College

3.5%

Friends University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Old Dominion University

3.0%

Palm Beach State College

3.0%

Cosumnes River College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

13.5%

Psychology

11.3%

Nursing

9.0%

Medical Assisting Services

6.8%

Social Work

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Human Development

5.4%

Early Childhood Education

5.2%

General Studies

5.0%

Education

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Elementary Education

3.3%

Communication

3.2%

Sociology

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.6%

Accounting

2.3%

Biology

2.0%

Nursing Assistants

1.9%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.7%

Other

33.7%

Associate

13.5%

Masters

7.4%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.5%
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