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Working As a Day Worker

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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Day Worker Do

Childcare workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They attend to children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework.

Duties

Childcare workers typically do the following:

  • Supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care
  • Prepare and organize mealtimes and snacks for children
  • Help children keep good hygiene
  • Change the diapers of infants and toddlers
  • Organize activities or implement a curriculum that allows children to learn about the world and explore their interests
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring the problems to the attention of their parents
  • Keep records of children’s progress, routines, and interests

Childcare workers read and play with babies and toddlers to introduce basic concepts, such as manners. For example, they teach young children how to share and take turns by playing games with other children.

Childcare workers often help preschool-age children prepare for kindergarten. Young children learn from playing, solving problems, questioning, and experimenting. Childcare workers use play and other instructional techniques to help children’s development. For example, they use storytelling and rhyming games to teach language and vocabulary. They may help improve children’s social skills by having them work together to build something in a sandbox. Childcare workers may teach math by having children count when building with blocks. They also involve the children in creative activities, such as art, dance, and music.

Childcare workers can also watch school-age children before and after school. They often help these children with homework and may take them to afterschool activities, such as sports practices and club meetings.

During the summer, when children are out of school, childcare workers may watch older children as well as younger ones for the entire day while the parents are at work.

The following are examples of types of childcare workers:

Childcare center workers work in teams in childcare centers that offer programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start. They often work with preschool teachers and teacher assistants to teach children through a structured curriculum. They prepare daily and long-term schedules of activities to stimulate and educate the children in their care. They also monitor and keep records of the children’s progress.

Family childcare providers care for children in the providers’ own homes during traditional working hours. They need to ensure that their homes and all staff they employ meet the regulations for family childcare providers.

In addition, family childcare providers perform tasks related to running their business. For example, they write contracts that set rates of pay, when payment can be expected, and the number of hours children can be in care. Furthermore, they establish policies about issues including whether sick children can be in their care, who can pick children up, and how behavioral issues will be dealt with. Family childcare providers frequently spend some of their time marketing their services to prospective families.

Nannies work in the homes of the children they care for and the parents that employ them. Most often, they work full time for one family. They may be responsible for driving children to school, appointments, or afterschool activities. Some live in the homes of the families that employ them.

Babysitters, like nannies, work in the homes of the children in their care. However, they work for many families instead of just one. In addition, they generally do not work full time, but rather take care of the children on occasional nights and weekends when parents have other obligations.

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How To Become A Day Worker

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.

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Average Length of Employment
Support Worker 2.3 years
Group Worker 2.2 years
Child Care Worker 2.2 years
Playground Worker 2.1 years
Day Worker 2.0 years
Day Care Aide 2.0 years
Day Care Worker 1.8 years
Youth Worker 1.6 years
Day Care Attendant 1.5 years
Day Camp Counselor 1.4 years
Summer Worker 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Day Worker
Cashier 17.7%
Internship 10.9%
Volunteer 9.9%
Teacher 4.4%
Hostess 3.1%
Server 3.1%
Secretary 2.7%
Assistant 2.7%
Ranch Hand 2.4%
Top Careers After Day Worker
Cashier 15.2%
Internship 11.0%
Volunteer 7.1%
Assistant 5.3%
Server 4.6%
Cook 2.8%
Teacher 2.8%
Nanny 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$15,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Crete Carrier
Highest Paying City
Philadelphia, PA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.7 years
How much does a Day Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Day Worker in the United States is $31,170 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $15,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

Top Skills for A Day Worker

  1. Daily Activities
  2. AGE Groups
  3. Safe Play Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tutored students on various subjects, assisted students with classwork, organized daily activities to provide variety of learning experiences.
  • Program and monitor activities accordingly while categorizing activities for specific age groups.
  • Maintained a safe play environment by emphasizing and maintaining cleanliness and organization.
  • Job duties include selling tickets on game days, providing customer service during athletic events, other tasks as assigned.
  • Assisted in developing mental and personal growth towards placement or independent living through therapeutic relationships and implementation of the level system.

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Top 10 Best States for Day Workers

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Alaska
  3. Delaware
  4. Illinois
  5. Connecticut
  6. Iowa
  7. New York
  8. Michigan
  9. South Dakota
  10. Rhode Island
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Day Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

48.4%

Male

38.7%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

Mandarin

12.5%

Chinese

9.4%

Cantonese

6.3%

Filipino

3.1%

Vietnamese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Somali

3.1%

French

3.1%

Tagalog

3.1%

Cebuano

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Day Worker Education

Schools

Stevenson University

16.1%

Ursinus College

10.3%

University of Alabama

6.9%

Troy University

6.9%

Pensacola Christian College

5.7%

Liberty University

5.7%

Nichols College

4.6%

Seattle University

4.6%

Northern Maine Community College

4.6%

Johnson County Community College

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Calhoun Community College

3.4%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.4%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

The Academy

3.4%

Fort Hays State University

3.4%

Rogers State University

2.3%

University of Connecticut

2.3%

University of North Georgia

2.3%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

Psychology

14.1%

Criminal Justice

8.8%

Social Work

5.2%

Kinesiology

4.8%

General Studies

4.8%

Early Childhood Education

4.8%

Human Services

4.8%

Computer Science

4.0%

Nursing

3.6%

Communication

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.6%

Biology

3.2%

Elementary Education

3.2%

Education

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

History

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Other

28.4%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

9.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.6%
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Updated May 19, 2020