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Child Care Aide/Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Attends to children at schools, businesses, private households, and child care institutions. Performs a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Maintains a safe play environment.
  • Dresses children and changes diapers.
  • Observes and monitors children's play activities.
  • Communicates with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Keeps records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
  • Sanitizes toys and play equipment.
  • Supports children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Identifies signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and brings them to parents' or guardians' attention.
  • Assists in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
  • Instructs children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Governess -- An educationally qualified individual employed by the parents to educate the children in their private household.
  • Nanny -- Cares for children in private households and provides support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs.
  • Before and After School Daycare Worker --
  • Day Care Home Provider --