Child Care Worker Benefits

By Kim Scott

Benefits for child care workers vary greatly from company to company, and many have no benefits at all. This is a field that requires a love for children to ensure any level of job satisfaction.

Job Availability

There is a frequent need for new child care workers for a variety of reasons, especially frequent staff turnover and an increasing number of children needing care.

Pay

Unfortunately, the child care field is known for having low wages, no matter how qualified a person is. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $17,630 was the median annual earnings for a child care worker in May 2006, with the lower end of the scale earning less than $12,910 per year.

Traditional Benefits

The benefits provided to child care workers vary from none to a full package, but tend to be on the lesser side. Most workers find a reduction in child care costs for their own children and paid training.

Prospect of Self-employment

Thirty-five percent of child care workers are self-employed. A trained worker can open their own day care or preschool, be their own boss and control their hours and income to a certain extent.

The Real Benefit

The single most important benefit of being a child care worker is the satisfaction from knowing you are providing quality care for children.

About the Author

Kim Scott has been writing professionally and personally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in graphic design and printing management from Pittsburg (KS) State University and has graduate level-education in Early Childhood Education.