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Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to a certification in early childhood education.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.Training
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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Child Care Workers||Dan Lufkin||Washington, CT||Sep 02, 2010||$41,740|
|Child Care Workers||Michael Shuman||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2010||$33,914|
|Child Care Workers||Richard Young||New York, NY||Mar 23, 2011||$33,914|
|Child Care Worker||Andrew & Julie Garlikov||San Mateo, CA||Mar 05, 2010||$32,056|
|Child Care Workers||Kimberly Bitterman||Princeton, NJ||Jan 20, 2010||$31,305|
|Child Care Worker||Rachel Lowy||New York, NY||Mar 25, 2010||$31,305 -
|Child Care Workers||Derek Van Bever||Alexandria, VA||May 22, 2008||$31,305|
|Nanny/Child Care Worker||Andrew Breckman||Madison, NJ||Jun 03, 2010||$31,305|
|Child Care Worker||Valentin Gurvits Family||Newton, MA||Aug 14, 2008||$30,262|
|Child Care Worker||Valentin Gurvits Family||Newton, MA||Oct 31, 2008||$30,262|
|Nanny: Child Care Worker||Rosenhaus, Jordan||Brookline, MA||Dec 21, 2011||$28,954|
|Child Care Workers||Ricardo Canizales||Manassas, VA||Jan 31, 2012||$28,787|
|Child Care Workers||Peter Dechar Household||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2010||$28,175|
|Child Care Worker, Live-Out||Sandra Coley||Silver Spring, MD||Jan 10, 2015||$27,924|
|Child Care Worker||Ann Gluck, Private Household||San Marino, CA||Aug 12, 2008||$23,583|
|Child Care Workers||Michael Freedman||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2009||$23,583|
|Child Care Worker||Dana Luttway||New York, NY||Dec 14, 2007||$23,583 -
|Child Care Worker||Nejat Kiyici||Eastchester, NY||Feb 11, 2010||$23,583|
|Child Care Worker||Swati de-Das||NY||Oct 19, 2007||$23,583|
|Child Care Workers||MR. Bruce Mosler||New York, NY||Jul 08, 2010||$23,583|
|Child Care Workers||MRS. Wilma H. Jordan||New York, NY||May 28, 2009||$23,583|
|Child Care Workers||Kirsti McCabe||New York, NY||Sep 21, 2009||$23,583|
|Child Care Workers||Kalpesh and Girja Patel||Delran, NJ||Oct 19, 2010||$21,100|
|Child Care Workers||Maria D. Vesey||Bay Shore, NY||Jul 19, 2010||$20,995|
|Child Care Workers||Lee Smith||New York, NY||Feb 13, 2008||$20,870|
|Child Care Workers||Marcy Lefkovitz||Millburn, NJ||Mar 27, 2008||$20,870|
|Child Care Workers||Jaroslaw Sacha||Olde West Chester, OH||May 17, 2010||$20,870|
|Child Care Worker||Dean Borghi||Harrington Park, NJ||Mar 12, 2010||$20,870|
|Child Care Worker||Rajesh Shah||Naperville, IL||Aug 25, 2010||$20,870 -
|Child Care Worker||Deck Rees||Hillsdale, NY||Dec 09, 2009||$20,870 -
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