Everything You Need To Know - Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Educator
16 April, 2021
Thinking about joining the wonderful world of early childhood care? Whether you’re looking for a casual role with flexible hours or taking the first step of your career in early childhood care, you might be wondering what your day-to-day responsibilities are?
As a childcare worker, you will be responsible for assisting and supervising in the high-quality care for the children at your centre, as well as preparing pre-school aged children for kindergarten by introducing basic concepts, such as playing, reading, and sharing. Your role is crucial to a child’s development, especially as more parents return to the office and need a trustworthy carer for their child.
Here is a list of the most common day-to-day responsibilities in childcare:
- Supervise and monitor the safety of children, as well as work with staff to ensure a smooth running of the centre’s day-to-day operations.
- Greet/farewell children and communicate with parents during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.
- Help children keep good hygiene, such as encouraging them to wash their hands before mealtimes.
- Change the nappies of babies and toddlers.
- Engage children in activities that will develop their creativity, thinking and cognitive skills, such as arts and craft, reading stories, playing with toys and puzzles, etc.
- Prepare lunch and snacks for the children.
- Supervise and engage with children as they grow their independence and enjoy playing and interacting with other children - developing their social and sharing skills.
- Prepare naptime for the children, easing them into their beds and cots, along with some relaxing music to help them doze off.
- Monitor for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring potential problems to the attention of parents or guardians.
Children learn by observing, listening, exploring, experimenting, and asking questions, in which childcare workers play an imperative role in their development through play and other instructional techniques. For example, teaching children to count when building with blocks or nursery rhymes to teach language and vocabulary.
Of course, there are also the ‘behind the scenes’ responsibilities that ensure the centre keeps operating without a hitch! These include:
- Sterilising toys and bottles
- Sweeping and mopping floors
- Wiping surfaces
- Cleaning dishes
While no two days are the same, there is no denying that the colourful and joyous experiences you will share with the children will leave a long-lasting and meaningful impact.
Take the first step in childcare and contact Expect A Star for available jobs in your area.