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Childcare Workers - 39-9011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Child Care Worker
  • Child Caregiver
  • Childcare Provider
  • Childcare Worker
  • Daycare Teacher
  • Daycare Worker
  • Infant Teacher
  • Toddler Teacher

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Accompany children to and from school, on outings, and to medical appointments.
  • Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
  • Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for people with disabilities.
  • Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
  • Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
  • Dress children and change diapers.
  • Help children with homework and school work.
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
  • Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Maintain a safe play environment.
  • Observe and monitor children's play activities.
  • Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
  • Organize and participate in recreational activities and outings, such as games and field trips.
  • Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.
  • Perform general personnel functions, such as supervision, training, and scheduling.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as laundry, cleaning, dish washing, and changing of linens.
  • Provide care for children with physical, developmental, or mental health disabilities.
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
  • Regulate children's rest periods.
  • Sanitize toys and play equipment.
  • Sterilize bottles and prepare formulas.
  • Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Accompany individuals or groups to activities.
  • Arrange childcare or educational settings to ensure physical safety of children.
  • Arrange items for use or display.
  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Assist individuals with special needs.
  • Care for patients with mental illnesses.
  • Clean tools or equipment.
  • Develop daily schedules for children or families.
  • Develop educational or training programs.
  • Discuss child development and behavior with parents or guardians.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Monitor activities of individuals to ensure safety or compliance with rules.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
  • Organize recreational activities or events.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Perform housekeeping duties.
  • Perform human resources activities.
  • Prepare foods or meals.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Provide for basic needs of children.
  • Teach daily living skills or behaviors.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.
  • Train service staff.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Family Services Center Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Child Care Development Specialist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Attendant, Children's Institution
  • Child Care Development Specialist
  • Child Monitor
  • Child-Care Attendant, School
  • Children's Tutor
  • Foster Parent
  • Nursery School Attendant
  • Playroom Attendant