Schools Training

Working As an Early Childcare Assistant

15 JAN 2013
Career Path : Childcare

Do you want to make a real positive impact on your community? Early Childcare Assistants are some of the most sought after positions in healthcare, and qualified professionals will enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career.

Currently half of all parents with preschool-age children work outside the home. Unsurprisingly, there is tremendous demand for high-quality child healthcare workers, with early childcare assistants among the most in-demand. If you’re a caring individual interested in fostering the emotional and intellectual growth of young children, now is a great time to start a rewarding early childcare assistant career.

Early Childcare Assistant diploma programs train students for increasingly important careers in the early childcare field. Early Childcare Assistants play a crucial role in a young child’s early development, and graduates of these programs will be well situated for fulfilling and long-lasting careers in this field.

Graduates of an Early Childhood Assistant college can find employment in daycare centres, nursery schools, pre-schools, kindergartens, government and non-profit organizations and private homes. In addition, some career colleges will help find a job placement for you following your in-class training. Job placements provide an opportunity to apply your theoretical skills in a professional setting, which will help develop confidence and practical “real world” experience.

Most Early Childhood Assistant Diploma programs cover a wide range of subjects, including:

  •     Role of the Childcare Worker
  •     Introduction to Technology
  •     Child Development
  •     Observation Skills
  •     Guiding Children
  •     Program Planning
  •     Children and Technology
  •     Communication Skills
  •     Health and Safety
  •     Nutrition
  •     CPR / First Aid (included)
  •     The Job Search
  •     Work Placement

Some or all of the following duties performed by Early Childhood Assistants include:

  •     Conducting and monitoring activity programs designed for young children
  •     Preparing and serving snacks
  •     Arranging rooms and furniture for lunch and rest periods
  •     Developing and implementing daily activities that support and promote the development of children
  •     Assisting the supervisor in keeping records
  •     Maintaining day-care equipment and assisting in housekeeping duties
  •     Leading children in activities by reading stories, teaching songs, demonstrating the use of simple musical instruments,       preparing craft materials and demonstrating their use, providing opportunities for creative expression through the media of  art, dramatic play, music and physical fitness, and taking the children to local points of interest
  •     Guiding and assisting children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits
  •     Observing children for signs of learning disabilities or emotional problems and take appropriate action
  •     Assessing the skills, abilities, interests and needs of children
  •     Discussing progress or problems of children with parents and other staff members
  •     Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with children
  •     Attending meetings and workshops to develop and discuss new teaching methods

Start your Early Childhood Assistant career today!

Contact NAHB today for more information on Early Childhood Assistant training.