Attends to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Performs a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development and Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains a safe play environment.
- Observes and monitors children's play activities.
- Communicates with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
- Supports children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
- Cares for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
- Sanitize toys and play equipment.
- Dresses children and changes diapers.
- Keeps records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
- Identifies signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and brings them to parents' or guardians' attention.
- Instructs children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.