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.

What are Childcare Workers like?


Based on our pool of users, childcare workers tend to be predominately social people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Childcare Workers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 5072 Sokanu users

Are Childcare Workers happy?


Childcare workers rank as moderately happy among careers. Overall they rank in the 49th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Childcare Worker Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Childcare Workers

The most common degree held by childcare workers is Psychology. 4% of childcare workers had a degree in psychology before becoming childcare workers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among childcare workers, representing 2% of childcare workers in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.4 times the average.

Childcare Worker Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Childcare Worker, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of childcare workers % of population Multiple
Psychology 4.4% 6.8% 0.7×
English Literature 1.7% 4.9% 0.4×
Early Childhood Education 1.5% 0.5% 2.9×
Fine Arts 1.4% 2.0% 0.7×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.9% 0.7×
Business Management And Administration 1.1% 6.5% 0.2×
Sociology 1.0% 2.1% 0.5×

Childcare Worker Education Levels

52% of childcare workers have a high school diploma. 22% of childcare workers have an associate's degree.

No education 10%
High school diploma 52%
Associate's degree 22%
Bachelor's degree 17%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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