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What does a Child Care Assistant and Group Leader do?

Many of my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care students are often curious as to what a childcare worker and group leader actually do on a day-to-day basis.

Child care assistant responsibilities vary depending on the child care setting. In a child care centre, child care assistants can expect to take part in the daily operation of the child development program.

Activities such as monitoring children’s behaviour and safety, providing education support, maintaining order among groups of kids, and providing snacks and meals are some of the duties of a childcare worker.

Child care assistants may also be responsible for cleaning up child care facility so that it is presentable for parents and staff at all times.

It’s important to note that childcare settings require child care assistants to have additional qualifications beyond those required by other child-related jobs (e.g., babysitter).

The precise requirements vary depending on state laws (and sometimes even local child care centre policies).

Child care assistants should check with child care employers, child care licensing boards and child development experts for information on proper job qualifications.

On the other hand, Group leader duties are similar to those of a child care assistant, but they tend to be more educational in nature.

Childcare educators recommend that group leaders develop activities appropriate for children’s different developmental stages.

They also emphasize the importance of consistently following age-appropriate guidelines for classroom interaction among kids. This ensures that all group members are included in daily learning opportunities.

In most child care facilities, child care group leaders will have more responsibility than child care assistants.

For example, child care group leaders may occasionally train child development staff. Childcare educators recommend that child care group leaders receive training in child safety procedures, so it is often required by child care employers.

For a more detailed look, we’ve listed position descriptions for a childcare assistant and a group leader. We hope this helps to clear up this question if it has been on your mind!

Child Care Assistant Jobs Descriptions

Position Description for Childcare Assistant

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  • The role of the childcare assistants is to assist with the provision of stimulating and educationally appropriate programs in order to ensure high-quality care to children and their families. The major accountability of the role is the quality of care provided which has an impact on the level of satisfaction with the Centre by the children and families.
  • Ability to work effectively with other members of the childcare team.
  • Ability to work effectively with and work alongside work experience students.
  • Ability to work effectively with parents and children using the centre.
  • Ability to assist in the provision of a stimulating, enjoyable, caring and safe environment for children using the childcare centre facilities, ensuring that the standards required by state regulations and national accreditation principles are adhered to.
  • To assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of developmental programmes and daily routines to ensure that the needs of children and parents are catered for.
  • To accept and respond warmly to children’s behaviour, different developmental levels and special needs to ensure that the environment at the centre is conducive to early childhood development.
  • To use positive forms of behaviour management that enhances the self-esteem of children.
  • To maintain the safety and hygiene of children in care at its optimum at all times to ensure the children are not exposed to any risks.
  • To inform and maintain relationships with the families and offer empathy, understanding, kindness and referral to the Director if necessary.
  • To understand and respect parents and children with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and different child-rearing practices to ensure that diversity is valued by the centre and to encourage parents to feel comfortable discussing issues relating to the care of their child.
  • To set up and pack away equipment and requisites used by children and ensure storage areas are well organized and tidy; and floor coverings, furniture, equipment and toys are clean and maintained to a safe and hygienic standard.
  • To contribute to the direction of the child care centre team by participating in meetings and providing input to review policies, systems and processes within the centre to ensure flexible and responsive service delivery that meets and exceeds client expectations.
  • To contribute to the team by developing and utilizing effective communication lines with other members and providing support to others as needed to ensure cohesion and consistency in approach.
  • To be aware of policies, principles and legal requirements in relation to Equal Employment Opportunity, and Health and Safety, reporting and acting on conditions liable to impact on the well-being of children and staff.
  • Current First Aid and resuscitation certificate and Blue Card/ Working with Children Check.

Position Description for Group Leader

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  • Possession of appropriate qualifications and experience.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with staff, parents and members of the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of childcare programmes.
  • Demonstrated good knowledge and understanding of the needs and interests of children aged from 0-6 years.
  • Ability to work within the legislation relating to child care services.
  • Knowledge of or an ability to acquire knowledge of procedures, policies, regulations and standards which impact upon the position and a knowledge of contemporary human resource management issues such as workplace health and safety, equal opportunity, and anti-discrimination.
  • Current First Aid and Resuscitation certificate.
  • Current Blue Card registration.
  • Ability to work effectively with other members of the childcare team.
  • Ability to work effectively with and work alongside work experience students.
  • Ability to work effectively with parents and children using the centre.
  • Ability to provide a stimulating, enjoyable, caring and safe environment for children’s development using the childcare centre facilities, ensuring that the standards required by state regulation and national accreditation principles are adhered to.
  • To provide the development, implementation and evaluation of developmental programmes and daily routines to ensure that the needs of children and parents are catered for.
  • To accept and respond warmly to children’s behaviour, different developmental levels and special needs to ensure that the environment at the centre is conducive to early childhood development.
  • To use positive forms of behaviour management that enhances the self-esteem of children and contributes to the end goal, which is to provide care.
  • To maintain the safety and hygiene of children in care at its optimum at all times to ensure that children are not exposed to any risks.
  • To form and maintain relationships with the families and offer empathy, understanding, kindness and referral to the Director if necessary.
  • To understand and respect parents and children with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and different child-rearing practices to ensure that diversity is valued by the centre and to encourage parents to feel comfortable discussing issues relating to the care of their child.
  • To oversee the setting up and packing away of equipment and requisites used by children and ensure storage areas are well organized and tidy; and floor coverings, furniture, equipment and toys are clean and maintained to a safe and hygienic standard.
  • To contribute to the direction of the child care centre team by participating in meetings and providing input to review policies, systems, and processes within the centre to ensure flexible and responsive service delivery that meets and exceeds client expectations.
  • To contribute to the team by developing and utilizing effective communication lines with other members and providing support of others as needed to ensure cohesion and consistency in approach.
  • To be aware of policies, principles and legal requirements in relation to Equal Employment Opportunity, and Health and Safety, reporting and acting on conditions liable to impact on the well-being of children and staff.
  • To provide, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate programmes and daily routines to ensure that the needs of children and parents are catered for.
  • To use positive forms of behaviour management that enhances the self-esteem of children.

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If you want to become a childcare assistant and be part of the many childcare workers that contribute to giving children in Australia the best care and education they could possibly have, then please click the link to learn more about the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care — the qualification you need to make this possible!

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