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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

24570 Child Care Attendant

Organizes and leads activities of children in nursery schools, day care centers and similar organizations. Receives children from parents, noting any special instructions parents may provide. Helps children remove outer garments. Prepares play materials and ensures that play areas, equipment and toys are safe and sanitary. Supervises play periods, organizes and participates in games, reads to children, distributes toys and play materials, and teaches children simple painting, drawing, handwork, songs and similar activities. Attends to physical needs of children. Assists them to develop self-help skills. Helps children to develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books. Maintains discipline. Consoles upset or distressed children. Directs rest periods. Prepares and serves meals or snacks. Eats with children and observes food intake and needs of children. Teaches table manners, and clears tables. Ensures that children remain clean. Ensures that each child leaves with parent or authorized individual. May wash, dry, fold and store bed linens, blankets and diapers.