Childcare workers are employed in childcare centers, preschools, public schools, and private homes. They spend much of their day moving around the room to work with the children in their care. Carrying children, bending to lift children, and kneeling to be at eye level with children can be physically exhausting.
Family childcare providers work in their own homes. They may convert a portion of their living space into a dedicated space for the children. About 30% of childcare workers were self-employed in 2010. Nannies and babysitters usually work in their employers’ homes. Some live in the home of their employer and generally are provided with their own room and bath.