Childcare workers teach and care for children while their parents or guardians are absent. During their time together, they help children gain new skills and teach them how to get along with others. Childcare workers in nursery schools are responsible for taking care of groups of children. Such workers plan daily activities, ensuring that they deliver a mix of education, reading, playtime, creative arts and rest time.
To help children learn, childcare workers play educational games. For example, to teach maths, they might encourage children to count blocks. To teach English, they might read stories or help the children act out scenes from a play. Needless to say, child carers spend most of their day with children but also meet with their parents to feed back on their offspring's progress. One important duty of a child carer is to look for problems children are having and to make sure that parents or guardians are aware of the situation.
Childcare workers need to be energetic, fun, and patient. They help children gain new skills but must also be able to discipline children and control their behaviour. Important skills include:
- Tolerance and patience
- High levels of energy
- Ability to relate to children
- Good communication skills.
- Knowledge of first aid for children