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Childcare Worker


A childcare worker is a professional who provides care and supervision for children, typically in settings such as daycare centers, preschools, or in private homes. Their role is multifaceted and involves a combination of ensuring the safety and well-being of children, facilitating their development, and providing educational and recreational activities.

The responsibilities of a childcare worker include developing and implementing educational programs, providing basic care needs for young children such as changing diapers, facilitating social interactions and play, supervising children and ensuring their health and safety.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Instruct children in safe behavior  Calmness
    Remove hazards and develop appropriate boundaries and rules to create a safe environment for children.  Emotional Warmth and Understanding
    Model appropriate social behaviors and encourage concern for others to cultivate development of interpersonal relationships and communication skills. Calmness
    Observe and monitor children’s play activities.  Dutiful Teamplayer
    Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents’ or guardians’ attention. Structured Caregiving Emotional Warmth and Understanding Dutiful Teamplayer
    Help develop or monitor teaching schedule. Structured Caregiving Dutiful Teamplayer

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Are they calm?
    Emotional Warmth and Understanding70.80
    Are they compassionate?
    Safety Awareness80.71
    Are they cautious?
    Effective Communicator110.84
    Do they express themselves effectively?
    Structured Caregiving70.73
    Do they have a desirable work ethic?
    Do they have moral values?
    Dutiful Teamplayer90.74
    Do they follow rules?
    Collaborative Helper60.75
    Do they help others?
    Team Harmony Advocate90.72
    Do they like being included in a group?
    Good Listener90.71
    Do they understand others?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Median wage: 

    $28,520 / per year

    $13.71 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $28,520. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $21,250, whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $39,090.

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2022): 945.9

    Number (in thousands in 2032): 927.4

    Employment percent change: -2

    Entry Education level:

    Most childcare workers often have a high school diploma, however some vacancies may require an associates degree and less frequently they may have some college education or higher qualifications.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Childcare Worker Traitforward questionnaire