|NURSERY SCHOOL ATTENDANTS|
Nursery school attendants assist teachers in nursery school programs. They may set up play, rest, and work areas for the children. Nursery school attendants help with activities such as story time, dramatic play, music appreciation, cooking, and learning about science. Attendants may also be called daycare aides, preschool aides or child care assistants.
Duties: Nursery school attendants may perform some or all of the following duties:
• Clean up after the children when accidents have occurred
• Greet children as they arrive in the morning
• Help plan activities
• Instruct children in games and recreation activities
• Observe children
• Prepare snacks
• Read aloud
• Set up areas for paints, water, modeling clay, and other crafts
• Work with children who need special care
Working Conditions: Nursery school attendants care for groups of children in day care centers, nurseries, pre-schools, and private kindergartens. The facilities are usually geared toward children from birth to the age of six. Some are located in churches, universities, hospitals, and large industries to accommodate parents who work or attend classes. Surroundings are generally pleasant, well lighted, and climate-controlled.
Educational Requirements: The training and qualifications required of childcare workers vary widely. Each state has its own licensing requirements that regulate caregiver-training ranging from a high school diploma, to community college courses, to a college degree in child development or early-childhood education. Some state requirements are minimal. Childcare workers generally can obtain employment with a high school diploma and little or no experience. Local governments, private firms, and publicly funded programs may have more demanding training and education requirements. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged in most day care centers. Valuable hands-on experience may be gained after school and during the summer.