JobsNow: Child care workers give kids a jump-start in learning

Daycare workers often build lesson plans because the service has become a modern-day kindergarten

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Children can never be left alone, but a daycare center can watch them in a pinch or on a daily basis.

Since kids are always developing, quality daycare workers are very important.

“They are one-on-one with the children. They help the children build trust in adults and teachers, and a love of learning,” said Heather Sensabaugh with Oasis Drop-In Learning Center in Niles.

Expectations for children’s performance in school keep growing. Daycare workers often build lesson plans because the service has become a modern-day kindergarten. The kids still play at daycare, but they’re also getting educational experiences.

“It’s subtle, though. You can’t set a child down at three to do a worksheet. It’s not conducive to their development, to the loving learning. They would think of it as work,” Sensabaugh said.

Oasis Drop-In Learning Center doesn’t give tests, but still has a teaching environment. Educational toys allow children to have fun and play, while learning their letters and numbers.

The downside to working in child care is that the pay is not very good. Children can also be messy and change gears quickly, and some don’t work well with adults who are not flexible.

The reward comes from seeing a child progress and reach learning milestones.

“What’s great is being out in life, and a child recognizing you and getting so excited to see you,” Sensabaugh said. “Just when the child comes in and their face lights up, so excited to be here, it’s unequaled.”

Daycare workers need a high school diploma and have to pass an FBI and BCI background check.

You can find daycare openings and apply for jobs at the Ohio Means Jobs website.

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