A childcare assistant, or childcare worker, looks after children on behalf of their family members when they’re unavailable to do so. Essentially, they take of parental duties by:
Keeping children fit and active
Maintaining children’s health and hygiene
Monitoring their development
Keeping a record of their child’s personalities, likes, dislikes, and any problems they might be showing
How to become a childcare assistant
Because childcare assistance is such a broad industry, there are no specific qualifications needed to enter the industry. A babysitter, for instance, might be a personal friend or acquaintance; opare’s are generally expected to have a secondary or tertiary education, while daycare centre workers will need to know CPR and other health practices.
Childcare assistant jobs rely more on the skill and mindset of the individual, as they need to have passion for children, patience, and the ability to communicate and lead young people effectively.