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If you just can’t get enough of rugrats, ankle biters and curtain climbers, being a daycare teacher is the job for you. If you’d rather sit through six days’ worth of your granddad’s “uphill both ways to school in the snow” stories rather than change a diaper, you might want to pass on this job!
We’re looking for a daycare teacher who will help encourage the healthy intellectual, physical and psychological growth of the babies and young children parents entrust to our school. You’ll teach and supervise them while also motivate them to use their noggins and exercise their bodies and imaginations.
Typical Duties Include:
and caregiving activities
Use a wide range of teaching methods (stories, media, indoor or outdoor games, drawing) to enhance children’s abilities
Evaluate children’s performance to make sure they are on the right learning track
Communicate progress updates to parents
Observe children’s interactions and step in when necessary
Identify behavioral problems and determine a course of action
Collaborate with other teachers and managers
Adhere to teaching guidelines set by the state
Experience as a child care/daycare teacher
Excellent knowledge of child development and up-to-date teaching methods
Creativity, patience, flexibility and a love of children
Strong communication skills and time management
Certificates in first aid and CPR
Degree in early childhood education preferred
How much does a daycare teacher make?
The average hourly pay for daycare teachers is around $11 an hour but depends on your experience and where you live. Wages are higher for full-time employees and teachers with college degrees.
What are the education requirements?
Education requirements in daycare centers vary by state and position. Daycare teachers almost always need a high school diploma, and in most cases, a combination of college education and experience is preferred. Teacher’s assistants and child care workers usually only need a high school diploma. Some states also require CPR and first aid training, fire safety, and child abuse detection and prevention.
Career paths for daycare teachers
If you’re set on a career in child care–and willing to continue your education–you’ll definitely find opportunities for career growth. Daycare center directors usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a lot of experience. Your hard work will pay off, though, because the pay averages around $20 an hour.
The future of daycare teachers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for daycare teacher positions should continue to grow. More parents prefer the structured setting and believe they provide a better foundation for children before they begin kindergarten. Many daycare teachers leave their positions to return to school, or for higher pay and benefits. Child care centers have pretty high turnover, which will work in your favor if you want a daycare teacher position.