Cares for children in private households and provides support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation, laundry and clothing care, organization of play activities and outings, discipline, intellectual stimulation, language activities and transportation.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Early Childhood Development pathway.
A person in this career:
- Performs first aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when required.
- Instructs children in safe behavior, such as seeking adult assistance when crossing the street and avoiding contact or play with unsafe objects.
- Teaches and performs age-appropriate activities, such as lap play, reading, and arts and crafts to encourage intellectual development of children.
- Models appropriate social behaviors and encourages concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
- Observes children's behavior for irregularities, takes temperature, transports children to doctor, or administers medications, as directed, to maintain children's health.
- Helps prepare and serves nutritionally balanced meals and snacks for children.
- Assigns appropriate chores and praises targeted behaviors to encourage development of self-control, self-confidence, and responsibility.
- Instructs and assists children in the development of health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet behavior.
- Removes hazards and develops appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children.
- Works with parents to develop and implement discipline programs to promote desirable child behavior.
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