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Working As A Day Care Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Day Care Teacher Do

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

Duties

Teacher assistants typically do the following:

  • Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior
  • Help teachers with recordkeeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades
  • Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers
  • Supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips

Teacher assistants also are called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, education assistants, and paraeducators.

Teacher assistants work with or under the guidance of a licensed teacher. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students while teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, after the teacher presents a lesson, a teacher assistant may help a small group of students as they try to master the material.

Teachers may seek feedback from assistants to monitor students’ progress. Some teachers and teacher assistants meet regularly to discuss lesson plans and student development. Teacher assistants sometimes help teachers by grading tests and checking homework.

Some teacher assistants work only with special education students. Some of these students attend regular classes, and teacher assistants help them understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style. Teacher assistants may work with students who have more severe disabilities in separate classrooms. They help these students with basic needs, such as eating or personal hygiene. With young adults, they may help students with disabilities learn skills necessary for them to find a job or live independently after graduation.

Some teacher assistants work in specific locations in the school. For example, some work in computer laboratories, teaching students how to use computers and helping them use software. Others work as recess or lunchroom attendants, supervising students during these times of the day.

Although most teacher assistants work in elementary, middle, and high schools, others work in preschools and childcare centers. Often, one or two assistants work with a lead teacher to provide the individual attention that young children need. They help with educational activities. They also supervise the children at play and help with feeding and other basic care.

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How To Become A Day Care Teacher

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Average Length of Employment
Day Care Provider 4.5 years
Group Teacher 3.9 years
Lead Teacher 2.8 years
Preschool Teacher 2.7 years
Teacher Associate 2.4 years
Child Care Teacher 2.3 years
Nursery Teacher 2.1 years
Teacher Assistant 2.0 years
Day Care Teacher 2.0 years
Teacher Aide 1.9 years
Toddler Teacher 1.8 years
Floater Teacher 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Day Care Teacher
Cashier 18.7%
Teacher 7.6%
Internship 5.3%
Server 3.9%
Volunteer 3.8%
Nanny 3.4%
Waitress 3.3%
Hostess 2.6%
Top Careers After Day Care Teacher
Cashier 12.2%
Teacher 11.0%
Nanny 5.4%
Internship 4.8%
Server 3.5%
Volunteer 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Denver Public Library
Highest Paying City
Watertown Town, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Day Care Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Day Care Teacher in the United States is $28,710 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $40,000.

Real Day Care Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Day Care and Pre-School Teacher Supervisor Pf4 Sunnyside Academy LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 30, 2009 $41,093
Day Care and Pre-School Teacher Supervisor Pf4 Sunnyside Academy LLC Jersey City, NJ Oct 19, 2009 $41,093
Day Care and Pre-School Teacher Supervisor Pf4 Sunnyside Academy LLC Jersey City, NJ Oct 10, 2009 $41,093
Day Care Group or Head Teacher La Peninsula Comm. org., Inc. Head Start Program New York, NY Aug 01, 2010 $41,062
Day Care Group or Head Teacher La Peninsula Comm. org., Inc. .Head Start Program New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $40,759
Day Care Group or Head Teacher La Peninsula Comm. org. Inc. Head Start Program New York, NY Sep 19, 2013 $40,383
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Anglels Head Start Program New York, NY Feb 01, 2010 $39,759
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Angels Head Start Program New York, NY Feb 01, 2010 $39,759
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Angels Head Start Program New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $39,759
Day Care Teacher Rella NYC Inc. New York, NY Aug 04, 2015 $38,192
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Nuestro Ninos Child Development School New York, NY Mar 01, 2013 $37,285
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Cardinal McCloskey School & Home for Children, Inc. New York, NY Oct 31, 2013 $36,627
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Cardinal McCloskey School and Home for Children New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $36,504
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Cardinal McCloskey School & Home for Children, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $36,504
Day Care Group or Head Teacher United Federation of Black Comm. org., Inc. New York, NY Aug 16, 2010 $36,112
Day Care Group or Head Teacher United Federation of Black Comm. org., Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $36,112
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Area 145 Day Care Center, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2010 $36,059
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Angels Head Start Program New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $35,776
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Angels Head Start New York, NY Jan 01, 2011 $35,481
Day Care Group or Head Teacher United Federation of Black Comm. org., Inc. New York, NY Jan 14, 2013 $35,354
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Little Angels Head Start Program New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $35,259
Day Care Group or Head Teacher La Peninsula Community Organization Head Start Pr New York, NY Mar 11, 2011 $32,328
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Afro-American Parents' Educational Center 2 NY Mar 16, 2013 $31,096
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Fath Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2012 $30,428
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Fath Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 01, 2012 $30,428
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Faith Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2012 $30,428
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Area 145 Day Care Center New York, NY Apr 01, 2012 $30,428
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Faith Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2012 $30,428
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Faith Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $29,578
Day Care Group or Head Teacher Faith Hope & Charity Community Services, Inc. New York, NY Mar 01, 2011 $29,578

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Top Skills for A Day Care Teacher

  1. Lesson Plans
  2. Child Care
  3. OLD Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Combined discipline plan with effective measures and various lesson plans to increase concentration, participation, and progress student accountability.
  • Planned, scheduled and adapted age appropriate curriculum while providing continuous supervision to children enrolled in the Child Care Development Center.
  • Worked after school 5 days a week supervising and teaching a group of 20 four to five-year-old children.
  • Facilitated class activities and the hundreds of other little things that come up during 8 hours in a preschool class.
  • Worked in a team environment with direct accountability for coordinating safety and daily activities.

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Top 10 Best States for Day Care Teachers

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  2. California
  3. Washington
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Minnesota
  6. Nevada
  7. Maine
  8. Connecticut
  9. Wisconsin
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Day Care Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

79.2%

Male

10.5%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.7%

French

6.0%

Russian

3.8%

German

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Mandarin

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Somali

1.5%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Swedish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Balinese

0.8%

Afrikaans

0.8%

Cebuano

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Day Care Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Ashford University

7.8%

Grand Canyon University

6.6%

University of North Florida

5.7%

University of Central Florida

5.7%

Auburn University

4.5%

Houston Community College

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

Alabama A & M University

4.5%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

San Antonio College

3.7%

Remington College

3.7%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.3%

Valencia College

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

10.5%

Psychology

9.7%

Elementary Education

9.0%

Education

8.5%

Early Childhood Education

8.2%

Nursing

6.7%

Medical Assisting Services

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Human Development

4.9%

Special Education

4.2%

Social Work

4.0%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

General Studies

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Communication

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

English

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Human Services

1.9%

Cosmetology

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.5%

Other

29.3%

Associate

13.4%

Masters

12.4%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

2.4%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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