Education and training requirements vary with settings, government regulations, and employer preferences. They range from less than a high school diploma to early childhood education certification. However, employers often prefer to hire workers with at least a high school diploma and, in some cases, some postsecondary education in early childhood education.
Some employers may require certifications in CPR and first aid. Childcare workers must be able to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need both good writing and speaking skills to provide this information effectively. They need to be able to explain things in terms young children can understand. Working with children can be frustrating, so childcare workers need to be able to respond to overwhelming and difficult situations calmly. They need to work well with people to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues. Working with children can be physically taxing, so childcare workers should have a lot of energy.