CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILD CARE WORKERS
Children respond to a worker who:
• Can show pleasure and enthusiasm in their company
• Shares their interests and accomplishments
• Listens to them carefully and respectfully
• Provides them with a play environment that is challenging and fascinating
Parents want their children’s carers to:
• Be friendly
• Be skilled and well trained
• Consider the family’s needs
• Recognise that their child is special
Co-workers like to work with people who:
• Believe in their work
• Are enthusiastic and cheerful
• Are able to be responsible and take initiative
• Enjoy working in the team
• Are open to new ideas
• Have a sense of humour, and are healthy and energetic
People who have these qualities make successful child care workers and are rewarded by a personally satisfying career. They can appreciate the gift that children bring every day to their lives.
CHILDCARE WORKERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS
Child care workers spend a large proportion of their day interacting with children and colleagues. They are responsible for tasks such as supervising children to ensure that they are safe, preparing activities and experiences, meeting children’s needs such as food, drink, sleep and hygiene, as well as their emotional needs. They do this by encouraging independence or by being there to provide support (such as a cuddle) when needed.
Child care workers foster children’s natural curiosity to make sense of the world around them through experiences that are real and meaningful. This may include creative experiences such as dramatic play, painting, collage and construction, exploration of the natural world, social development, communication and language development.
In out of school hours care settings child care professionals may be involved in working with children in a range of recreation and leisure experiences. This may include sports, movie making, drama, music and excursions involving bowling, theatre, surfing, exploring national parks and heritage sites. As a child care worker in partnership with families, you may also support children’s transition to school and homework requirements.
With the help of child care assistants, one of the qualified team leader’s roles is to observe and document individual children’s abilities and interests to effectively plan for future experiences. Communication with parents is important in order to share information relevant to their child and involve them with the service.
Phone: 0407 580 645
Department for Education and Child Development
Phone: 1800 088 158