A child care teacher works in a daycare center or pre-school, and oversees the education and social development of children between the ages of 2-6. The job description of a child care teacher involves patience, a compassionate and friendly demeanor, the ability to think creatively, and a background in childhood education.
A child care teacher designs early childhood education curricula, oversees the behavior and development of children in the daycare center or school, prepares children for kindergarten and elementary school, and meets with parents to discuss the development of their children.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Child Care Teacher
- Designs yearly curriculum for daycare center or school.
- Researches best practices and new methods for educating young children.
- Devises new and creative ways to help children develop social skills and intellectual abilities.
- Oversees children’s interactions with one another.
- Implements proper discipline when children are poorly behaved.
- Designs creative projects and activities for children.
- Assists children in completing projects.
- Organizes and supervises outdoor activities and recess.
- Creates and manages daily schedule of events and activities.
- Meets with parents to discuss the progress of individual children.
- Administers first aid as needed.
- Addresses and helps resolve problematic or emergency situations.
- Contacts parents and/or emergency units when a child is sick or in distress.
- Trains and guides aides and student teachers.
- Orders classroom or daycare center supplies.
- Addresses parent questions and concerns.
- Ensures that center and/or classroom is clean and well organized.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Possesses background knowledge of early childhood education theory and principles.
- Demonstrates strong organizational skills.
- Exhibits patient and kind demeanor.
- Is capable of thinking and acting quickly in a crisis.
- Works well with both children and parents.
- Communicates clearly and effectively.
- Demonstrates ability to think creatively.
- Is familiar with curriculum design.
- Demonstrates knowledge of school or center policies, expectations, and requirements.
- Exhibits ability to remain calm, professional, and understanding when dealing with frustrated parents or misbehaved children.
- Possesses mental and physical stamina required to work with small children.
- Demonstrates knowledge of proper first aid and emergency response procedures.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field is required.
- Master’s Degree in Education is preferred.
- Previous work experience or student teaching position in daycare or school is required.
- Teacher certification is required.
- Working hours will be spent in a classroom or daycare center.
- Environment may be noisy and hectic, depending on the number and behavior of charges.
- Standard 40-hour workweek applies.
- Overtime may be necessary when planning and organizing curriculum or holding parent conferences.
- Environment may be highly sensitive and stressful.
- Physical activity, such as walking, standing, and lifting, is required on a daily basis.
- The average salary for a child care teacher is $32,000 per year.
- Salaries range from $20,000 to $40,000 depending on years of experience and education level.