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Basic Childcare Skills You Should Know

Updated: Jul 15, 2022


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Taking care of children is an outright skill. You might have realized this hence the need for you to search the net and now you're here.


You're already at the right place anyway. Before we dive down to the basic Childcare Skills you should know, let's get familiar with what childcare skills actually are.


Childcare skills just as the name implies refer to skills needed in handling kids (little children and infants). This skill is a combination of hard and soft skills. The presence of one and the absence of the other category will prove grossly ineffective in managing children. One interesting thing to you may have some of the skills needed and well, some might need a bit of development. Overall, the following are some of the fundamental childcare skills that you should be familiar with.


COMMUNICATION SKILL


Like it or not, communication is one of the most essential skills in childcare. It tops the ranking of skills needed for childcare. To foster an understanding and proper relation of the needs of the child, you must use the power of communication so well. Communication is a mix of verbal, non-verbal, and written skills. You'll need verbal communication skills in relating to the child under your care and to form a rapport or communicate a child's progress to their parents. Written communication skills are required when creating lesson plans or document preparation for the child's academic and mental development, especially for infants.


PATIENCE SKILL


Children can be a handful at times, which necessitates patience, and I mean extreme patience (emphasis on the extreme). Children develop and learn at different rates, so it is critical that you patiently guide them as they walk up at their own pace. Adapting to a new learning environment or level may be difficult for children, and you will need to help them adapt by modeling patience as a childminder.


COMPASSIONATE SKILL


Childcare is much more than just physically caring for children. As a caregiver, you are responsible not only for a child's physical health and well-being but also for that child's mental growth. This is a difficult skill to master because you must develop your emotional intelligence to the point where you can emotionally connect with the child. This aids in dealing with each child uniquely and compassionately.


CREATIVE THINKING SKILL


To actively engage children as a childcare provider, you must be creative. Just as a child's physical and mental well-being are important, so is the social life of children. You should be able to plan enjoyable activities and events for children to enjoy while they learn and grow. Creatively designed activities can help a child's social skills and increase a child’s curiosity for learning.


DECISION-MAKING SKILL


While caring for children, situations may arise in which you must actively make quick decisions or appropriate judgments to address the situation. Working with children in their play environment will keep you on your toes because a lot can happen at once. Concurrently, you might have to deal with a crying child, two kids fighting, and a child injuring himself/herself. In a situation like this, your decision-making abilities will be critical in ensuring that you make the correct decision in all the situations that arise.


ENTHUSIASM SKILL


There's no way you can get a child to get involved in an activity if you're not enthusiastic about it at first. Enthusiasm is how you turn a boring activity like learning math into an exciting experience for a child. Trust me, there's no better way to get a child to be active than this!


PLANNING SKILL


Planning is an actual skill required in childcare, especially if you cater to that child's academic and mental development in a schooling environment. Planning as a childcare skill allows you to prepare for the lessons and activities you want to engage the child in ahead of time. This assists you in determining the most effective ways to impact the child or children in your care. A well-planned day with children allows you to anticipate every hiccup and put measures in place to mitigate them, allowing you to give more impact and maximize time. This skill will save your life as a childminder and as a human being.


PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILL


As stated earlier, taking care of children can be a whole lot and if there's one thing you cannot avoid in childcare it's problems. Either a child falling sick, having learning difficulties, or even injuries they might sustain. This makes it pertinent to acquire and display problem-solving skills to tackle the various difficulties you might encounter in a child environment. So as a childcare giver, you must develop your critical thinking. Learn to brainstorm on various scenarios that might occur and how to address them before it even arises to make you better prepared in with creative solutions when hit with a difficulty in childcare.


The beauty of it all is that Kids Services can help you alleviate all these concerns while paying close attention to all these fundamental childcare skills. Learn more


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josephdapsiky
May 11, 2022

Nice write up. As you have said, I agree that communication skill is the most essential.

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