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Childcare Workers
What Childcare Workers Do 

Childcare workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They attend to children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework. Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.

How to Become a Childcare Worker
Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to certification in early childhood education.

Pay - Job Outlook
The median hourly wage for childcare workers was $9.77 in May 2015. Employment is projected to grow 5 percent.

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