Child Care Assistant (Enhanced Skills)

Recipients of the Child Care Assistant (Enhanced Skills) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed  the following tasks:

Student will demonstrate an understanding of licensing and legal requirements for a childcare facility:

  1. Identify licensing agency for a childcare setting
  2. Recognize laws and regulations that pertain to licensing

Student can comprehend the discriminating factors that parents look for in choosing childcare facilities:

  1. List components of a quality child care setting (affectionate, nurturing adults; planned curriculum; parent involvement)
  2. Discuss the importance of child-staff ratios

Student can demonstrate knowledge of safety on the job: 

  1. Use safety precautions
  2. Follow universal safety precautions
  3. Display a safe attitude when working
  4. Perform work in a safe manner without being told
  5. Identify potential dangers and understands their consequences in independent work situations.
  6. Identify possible safety hazards in and around the childcare setting, including playground safety and field trip safety.
  7. Identify products to help promote safety.
  8. Explain safe maintenance of toys, equipment, and materials

Student can keep necessary records associated with childcare facilities:

  1. Identify record-keeping and clerical functions in a childcare setting
  2. Monitor toddlers/infants

Student will describe health and illness situations and their appropriate management:

  1. Identify symptoms, characteristics, and precautions of common childhood diseases
  2. Explain the importance of sanitation practices
  3. Identify symptoms of children who may be ill and provide appropriate care
  4. Contact supervisor when first aid is needed
  5. Participate in reviewing CPR training
  6. Participate in reviewing emergency procedures training
  7. Recognize proper handwashing techniques

 Student will be able to describe appropriate nutritional practices for infants and young children:

  1. Develop an appropriate menu for meals and snacks
  2. Feed infant or toddler

Student will describe language development in infants and young children:

  1. Describe the sequence of language development

Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to story telling:

  1. Describe guidelines for choosing appropriate literature at appropriate ages
  2. Demonstrate effective storytelling techniques
  3. Demonstrate correct social skills at all times

Student will demonstrate awareness of gross motor, fine motor, and sensory development stages:

  1. Explain the stages of fine motor – gross motor development
  2. Explain sensory development
  3. Hold/lift/carry infants appropriately

Student will demonstrate knowledge and techniques for enhancing physical development through age-appropriate activities:

  1. Select age-appropriate indoor and outdoor play equipment for physical development
  2. Describe conditions that encourage physical development
  3. List materials that encourage fine motor development in children
  4. List materials that encourage large motor development in children
  5. List materials that promote sensory development

Student will describe social and emotional development in infants and young children:

  1. List and describe common emotions of children
  2. Describe the child care worker’s role in identifying and effectively dealing with children’s emotions
  3. Comfort a crying infant/toddler

Student will describe methods for building trust and security when working with children:

  1. Identify techniques that aid children in building a sense of trust and security
  2. Discuss the relationship of love and affection to emotional and social development
  3. Hold/lift/carry infants appropriately

Student will demonstrate methods for providing positive guidance:

  1. Describe supervision of children exhibiting problem behaviors
  2. Comfort a crying infant/toddler
  3. Interact appropriately with infants/toddlers
  4. Describe how limits and rules should be set and managed
  5. Put infant/toddler down for a nap

Student will demonstrate knowledge of social play and social skills in toddlers and young children:

  1. Discuss care-giving techniques that develop social skills
  2. Name the stages of social play

Student will describe learning theory and its application to children in a childcare setting:

  1. Explain how children learn
  2. Identify/describe the stages of creative development opportunities of pretend, role play and free play

Student will demonstrate knowledge and techniques for enhancing development of creativity:

  1. Describe conditions that encourage children to learn (senses, concrete experience, play)
  2. List strategies for promoting creativity
  3. List materials and equipment that encourage children to role play
  4. List materials and equipment that encourage children to explore in art
  5. List materials and equipment that encourage children to explore and enjoy music
  6. Describe equipment that promotes cognitive development
  7. List materials and activities that encourage children to explore movement

Student will demonstrate knowledge and techniques for adapting curricular elements for children with special needs:

  1. List available community resources to help care for special needs children
  2. List basic rights of children with special needs
  3. Describe how to adapt the learning environment to accommodate special needs

Student will demonstrate job search, job survival and life skills:

  1. Completes a personal data sheet
  2. Completes a job application
  3. Conducts a job search
  4. Prepares a resume
  5. Prepares a cover letter
  6. Demonstrates effective interview skills
  7. Demonstrates effective job keeping skills
  8. Demonstrates life skills

 Student demonstrates work ethics/employability skills:

  1. Reports to work area and dresses appropriately for work.
  2. Has all supplies needed to perform work
  3. Starts work promptly
  4. Asks instructor for assistance if needed.
  5. Stays on task. (Does not abuse bathroom or water breaks)
  6. Demonstrates correct social skills at all times.
  7. Asks instructor for work assignment if necessary
  8. Cleans up work area at the end of the period without being asked
  9. Works cooperatively with others on group projects
  10. Works independently after being assigned a task
  11. Accepts constructive criticism
  12. Notifies school/employer of absence or tardiness
  13. Accepts and performs additional tasks willingly
  14. List desirable employee traits


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