Types of childcare jobs

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Offering child care is a very important commitment to make to a family. There are many types child care jobs, so be sure to offer the one that fits with you and the children you will be working with.

Types

Public daycare, in-home care and becoming a nanny are popular choices when offering your services to families.

Benefits

There are benefits to each type of these jobs. Public daycare offers more social activity and allows children to communicate with various children and teachers. In-home care is usually offered in the provider’s home and can offer services to either one or several families at once. This type of job is convenient as it doesn’t require transportation to get to work; however, many homes are not child-proof. You would need to make sure you take safety precautions such as capping off unused outlets, gating dangerous areas, sanitizing your home daily and providing a safe environment in general. Many times families look for state licensed employees which requires training courses to receive the license. Nanny jobs offer one-on-one time with the child and are usually offered in the family’s home. Sometimes the nanny will even live in the home. Becoming a nanny plays a great role in your life as you can learn from the child you are caring for. Many times families will take vacations and include their nanny on their trip free of charge.

Education/Training

All families looking for childcare expect their employees to take up-to-date classes on CPR, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and First Aid. Many families expect their employees to take other classes as well depending on the age they are caring for. Early Childhood, Infant and Toddler Care, Family Diversity and Special Needs are some of the popular choices. Families looking for in-home child care usually expect their provider to be state certified. Many day cares will pay for training classes for their employees.

Time Frame

Unfortunately, many workers do not have the opportunity to be employed throughout their entire lifetime with the same family. Most of the time, the age of the children tend to be between 6 weeks to 12 years. By law, after 12 years old, children are allowed to stay home alone.

Considerations

Pay is a major consideration when determining what type of job to pursue. “While nannies average $20,770, daycare workers and in-home provides only average about $16,000.

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