Instructs children (normally up to 5 years of age) in activities designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth needed for primary school, in a preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.
A person in this career:
- Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
- Organizes and leads activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
- Teaches basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
- Observes and evaluates children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
- Reads books to entire classes or to small groups.
- Attends to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
- Provides a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
- Assimilates arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
- Serves meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
- Teaches proper eating habits and personal hygiene.