As a parent, you depend on childcare workers to care for your children and keep them safe when you aren’t around. Childcare workers can care for your children at your home or in a childcare center. Every state has laws and regulations in place to make sure that all children enjoy a safe and secure environment when their parents aren’t there.
Education and Certification
Childcare workers have to satisfy the education and certification requirements in their state. Some states don’t have any education requirements, while some require a high school diploma or a degree in childhood education. Childcare workers in the Head Start program have to be a graduate or enrolled in an associate’s degree program in childhood education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some states and employers also must be certified.
The main legal responsibility of a childcare worker is the safety of the children. You have to comply with state regulations, which could include first aid and CPR certification and plans for emergencies, like fires or tornadoes. Additionally, the home or center has to satisfy sanitary and fire regulations, including fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
Workers have to know every child’s relevant medical history and are prepared to stop and give first aid for any resulting health problems. This includes conditions like asthma or diabetes and allergies to food, medication or bee stings. Furthermore, if the childcare worker transports children, the vehicle must have the right car and booster seats. If driving is one of the workers’ responsibilities, the childcare center or family might want to check the worker’s driving record.
Childcare workers have to report all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement or Child Protective Services even if they don’t have concrete proof. Some physical signs of abuse are frequent or unexplained bruising, broken bones or dental trauma.
Also, childcare workers can’t abuse children in their care. Some examples of abusive behavior are screaming, yelling, grabbing, and forcing kisses and hugs.