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Become A Child Care Provider

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Working As A Child Care Provider

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • $22,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Care Provider Do

A Child Care Provider is responsible for maintaining a safe, hygienic, and motivating environment for children. They also organize activities designed to help children learn about their world and develop their own interests.

How To Become A Child Care Provider

Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to a certification in early childhood education.


Childcare workers must meet education and training requirements, which vary by state. Some states require these workers to have a high school diploma, but many states do not have any education requirements for entry-level positions. However, workers with postsecondary education or an early childhood education credential may be qualified for higher level positions.

Employers often prefer to hire workers with at least a high school diploma and, in some cases, some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Workers in Head Start programs must at least be enrolled in a program in which they will earn a postsecondary degree in early childhood education or a child development credential.

States do not regulate educational requirements for nannies. However, some employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some formal instruction in childhood education or a related field, particularly when they will be hired as full-time nannies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in CPR and first aid.

Some states and employers require childcare workers to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children. The CDA credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) offers a nationally recognized accreditation for family childcare providers. This accreditation requires training and experience in the field, as well as a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children.


Many states and employers require providers to complete some training before beginning work. Also, many states require staff in childcare centers to complete a minimum number of hours of training annually. Training may include information about basic care of babies, such as how to warm a bottle, and customer-service skills.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Childcare workers must be able to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.

Decisionmaking skills. Good judgment is necessary for childcare workers so they can respond to emergencies or difficult situations.

Instructional skills. Childcare workers need to be able to explain things in terms young children can understand.

Interpersonal skills. Childcare workers need to work well with people to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, so childcare workers need to be able to respond to overwhelming and difficult situations calmly.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so childcare workers should have a lot of energy.

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Child Care Provider Demographics


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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Hebrew

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Croatian

  • Greek

  • Swedish

  • Ukrainian

  • Armenian

  • Somali

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Real Child Care Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Child Care Provider Brett & Jennifer Bernstein Rockville, MD Jun 03, 2011 $31,013
Child Care Provider Mary Anne Butters Parkland, FL Sep 08, 2008 $28,696
Child Care Provider Assistant Bright and Happy Beginners LLC Vienna, VA Jun 15, 2016 $26,728
Child Care Provider Zadie's Nurturing Den, Inc. Summit, NJ Sep 10, 2009 $24,376
Child Care Provider Stacey Marija Logan Anchorage, AK Aug 14, 2015 $21,029
Child Care Provider Julie Gish Chicago, IL Oct 24, 2007 $20,912
Child Care Provider Samantha Lin Kennedy-Cvengros La Grange, IL Nov 05, 2011 $20,870
Child Care Provider Samantha L Kennedy-Cvengros La Grange, IL Nov 05, 2011 $20,870
Child Care Provider Peter Danyi Roanoke, VA Jan 13, 2015 $18,449

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Top Skills for A Child Care Provider


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Top Child Care Provider Skills

  1. Multiple Children
  2. Nutritional Meals
  3. Child Care Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided daily care for multiple children of various ages both as a nanny and in a home daycare setting.
  • Provide nutritional meals and transportation.
  • Coordinated and provided supplemental child care services.
  • Communicated regularly with parents about daily activities and behaviors.
  • Volunteered in the daycare center where the youngest was enrolled.

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