Cares for children in private households and provides support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities, and transportation.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development and Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Removes hazards and develops appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children.
- Instructs and assists children in the development of health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet behavior.
- Performs first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when required.
- Instructs children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects.
- Helps prepare and serves nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children.
- Teaches and performs age-appropriate activities, such as lap play, reading, and arts and crafts, to encourage intellectual development of children.
- Models appropriate social behaviors and encourages concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
- Observes children's behavior for irregularities, takes temperature, transports children to doctor, or administers medications, as directed, to maintain children's health.
- Regulates children's rest periods and nap schedules.
- Meets regularly with parents to discuss children's activities and development.