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Become A Child Care Teacher

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Working As A Child Care Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $28,570

    Average Salary

What Does A Child Care Teacher Do At Childcare Network

* Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Planning, teaching and implementing the curriculum for all children from infants through preschool children
* Providing love and quality care for the children throughout the day in order to meet their emotional and physical needs
* Planning and executing indoor and outdoor experiences appropriate to the developmental levels of the children
* Interacting with children both physically and verbally throughout the day
* Assisting children with their personal hygiene and clean up of classroom
* Serve and eat meals with the children
* Meet with parents, staff, and administration
* Attend in-service and staff development training programs
* Familiarity with state licensing requirements and CNI

What Does A Child Care Teacher Do At Primrose School of St. Louis Park West

* Assist with the overall supervision of children in the classroom
* Assist with implementing lesson plans and daily classroom schedule using the Primrose School Balanced Learning curriculum
* Assist with providing an attractive, well-kept classroom that encourages creativity, exploration and decision-making by the children
* Must be able to work between the hours of 6:30 am
* pm may include opening and/or closing a classroom
* Must be able to start right away

What Does A Child Care Teacher Do At Momentum Early Learning

* Job Duties 1.) Child Care:
* Provides a nurturing and respectful environment in which children can grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.
* Assures that all children receive proper personal care and attention to their toileting/diapering, clothing and health needs.
* Assists children in learning age-appropriate social and development skills through activities and lesson plans.
* Assists in planning weekly lessons and activities based on the developmental needs of the children.
* Maintains a respectful, warm, engaging learning environment, encouraging curiosity and discovery.
* Assists in the planning and implementation of appropriate curriculum, lesson plans and special events.
* Safety, Security and Cleanliness:
* Proactively identifies and resolves potential safety hazards in the child care center and creates a safe and healthy environment for children of all ages.
* Reports any suspected abuse to the Director in a timely manner.
* Maintains a very clean environment practicing all policies and procedures 3.) Operations
* Maintains records on each child including but not limited to: daily observations, daily activities, daily sheets, snacks/meals and attendance/time sheets.
* Ensures that standard operating procedures for the center are followed and positively reinforced to others on the child care team.
* Reports to the Director any damaged or lost materials.

What Does A Child Care Teacher Do At Bryant & Stratton

* Assure the welfare, health, and safety of the children.
* Create a learning environment.
* Organize and maintain classroom activity areas, materials and supplies, and keep the Children's Center Coordinator advised of equipment and materials that need to be repaired or replaced.
* Maintain constant supervision of the children.
* Take daily attendance and keep all required reports pertaining to the children attending the Children's Center.
* Establish and maintain effective communication with parents.
* Build good communication with other associates to create a professional atmosphere.
* Attend in-service training as required.
* Keep the Children's Center Coordinator informed of any classroom concerns.
* Understand child-minding center requirements.
* Ability to communicate effectively, written and oral, with a diverse group of students and peers

What Does A Child Care Teacher Do At Franciscan Hospital for Children

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Develops and implementation of curriculum and developmentally appropriate activities for children.
* Communicates appropriately with staff, parents, and children.
* Communicates with parents regarding children's development, daily care, and activities.
* Regularly assesses children's development and assures program goals reflect children's need.
* Maintains a positive, professional demeanor in all interactions.
* Assures that all interactions with children are positive learning experiences.
* Takes initiative to ensure a safe and supportive environment for children and staff.
* Communicates children's needs and development and acts as a liaison with therapists, other clinicians and outside agencies.
* Ensures appropriate staff to student ratio for safe and effective implementation of all school activities.
* Floats to other classrooms as directed by supervisor.
* Assumes teacher responsibilities in teacher's absence.
* Supervises and acts as a resource to teachers, teaching assistants and other program staff.
* Lifts children and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds using safe body mechanics.
* Successfully completes Hospital and department specific orientation and ongoing mandatory education requirements.
* Other essential duties may be assigned as necessary to the operation of the department

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How To Become A Child Care Teacher

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.


In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three 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 include that the candidate must be 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 two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

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


Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Child Care Teacher Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Cantonese

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Greek

  • Japanese

  • Swahili

  • Vietnamese

  • Somali

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Hungarian

  • Malay

  • Armenian

  • Navajo

  • Braille

  • Italian

  • Hebrew

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Top Child Care Teacher Skills

  1. Appropriate Lesson Plans
  2. Appropriate Curriculum
  3. Child Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Developed age appropriate curriculum conducive to building language skills and literacy.
  • Maintained daily Child Care tracking and documentation of facility operations.
  • Plan curriculum and implement daily activities designed to meet the goals, objectives and philosophy of the center.
  • Organized and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental and social development

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