Finding a Job in Daycare

Day Care - Adults

Daycare is the caring for a child by someone other than the childs parents, usually during the day while a parent works or attends school.  It can be hard to leave your child with others, even if you know that the care is good.  Finding a childcare that is clean, has well-trained staff and offers educational and engaging activities can be somewhat of a challenge.  Paying for care can be a hardship for some, but there is daycare assistance for those who qualify.  Do you love children?  Do you want a rewarding career providing safe and exciting child care for families?  Daycare jobs offer that opportunity.

Daycare is actually big business, but because there are so many options and it doesnt give huge income for the providers, it doesnt get the same publicity as technology or other businesses. There are family care providers, large and small centers and those that are within businesses or schools.  Some places are for infants and young children only and others have care for older children who are already in school.  Daycare assistance can help you pay for quality child care.  Most daycares will offer a list of assistance options and sometimes the centers offer some scholarships or discount like a second child discount for their clients.

Daycare jobs can be found in all types of facilities and usually share some basic requirements to work in them.  A staff person may need to have CPR certification and First Aid training.  A criminal background check is generally performed before a staff person is allowed to be with children.  Additional training in child care procedures and routines can be provided by the individual daycares or through community colleges and even online.  Many times, ongoing training hours are required for the staff because the center or family care provider needs that for licensing.  Working in a licensed facility also may make the working conditions better since there is a level of quality that must be maintained to remain licensed. 

Finding a job in a daycare facility can be as easy as looking for job openings in classifieds or even just looking at the site itself.  Often a childcare will have a billboard or a marquis advertising their services of openings and they may put a sign for help wanted up there, as well.  Going into a facility that you want to work for is also a way to find out about the openings and what level of education or experience they need you to have.  Daycares often need substitutes for their regular workers while they are at trainings or out sick, so a way to see if you want to work in that center might be to become one of their substitutes and try it out.  You will be poised well to know if there is an opening coming up, too.  There may be part-time options and full time ones in a child care, that means the subs can also be full or part-time.

Daycare is a necessary service in todays world. When both parents go to off to work or school, the child or children need to be cared for by someone.  If a family member is not available to do that, then child care is needed.  Since there are so many types of care that parents can choose from, there are also a variety of jobs that are available for those who wish to work in the child care field.  Daycares provide a nurturing environment for the children and can be a fulfilling occupation for those who love children and enjoy watching them learn and grow.