What does a child development class in high school cover?
Your high school childcare career classes cover foundational skills you’ll need to take the next steps toward a career path working with children. You’ll cover the basics of working with young children in a daycare or preschool setting, including child development, how to plan curriculum that helps children learn and grow, and important safety and health skills. Once you’ve graduated from the program, your childcare classes can be transferred to our Child Care Professional Career Diploma so you can continue your education.
How do you get certified to work at a daycare?
While there’s not a required certification that you need to work in a daycare, there are a few things that childcare facilities look for in employees and some industry credentials that can help you stand out. Before being hired at a daycare or preschool, you’ll need to pass a criminal background check and most states may also require that you obtain the appropriate clearances from federal or state child protective agencies. Most employers will cover the cost of obtaining these background checks and clearances, though some may ask you to pay for them yourself and will reimburse you after you’ve been cleared.
Additionally, many childcare professionals will want to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This credential may not be required for all roles in a daycare facility but it can help you stand out when you’re applying to jobs and even allow you to earn a higher salary.
What do childcare workers do?
Childcare workers are responsible for overseeing the care and development of young children in daycare centers, preschools, and even as nannies in private homes. Day-to-day, they’re duties include supervising the children in their care, organizing mealtimes, organize activities and games to help children learn, and more.
What skills does a childcare worker need?
A successful childcare worker has a few important skills. These include patience, strong communication skills, decision-making skills, and empathy and compassion.