Being an administrator of a childcare program takes a vast amount of knowledge and understanding about all areas of childhood development, including social, cognitive, emotional and educational development. They should have a good grasp on human psychology, especially child psychology. They must have the ability to monitor several classrooms, teachers and students at the same time, and implement any necessary changes that need to be made. A full knowledge of basic first-aid and life-saving tactics, such as CPR, is mandatory for all administrators of childcare programs.
Administrators must have excellent business management skills and have a complete understanding of budgeting and allocation of funds. They must be very organized and able to document and keep comprehensive records for both students and teachers. They should be good communicators, have the necessary time management skills, and be able to make decisions quickly and efficiently. They must also be knowledgeable on all the state or district licensing rules and fully understand all the things required to keep the center in compliance.
A childcare program administrator must have a minimum of a four-year bachelor degree in Early Childhood Development. Some states and districts require a childcare program administrator to have a master's degree, which requires an additional two years of schooling. Many states and districts require teachers, as well as administrators, to attend several hours of childcare training every year. Before becoming an administrator of a childcare program, individuals should have several years of experience working with children in a classroom setting. They are required to pass a complete police background check and a child abuse clearance. In addition to early childhood development classes, they should have business management experience and human resource training.