Child Care Skills

  • Two students learn how to feed infants.

  • Students will develop the skills needed to enter the Child Care profession. The course will provide students with a foundation in the principles of child development, basic health and safety, and training in the care of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. They will learn about the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of each of the above listed age groups. The course encourages both discussion/communication and demonstrations of skills. Part of the curriculum will also include guest speakers such as The Safe House, Cornell Cooperative Extension, School Directors and former students. Upon course completion and teacher evaluation, students may have the opportunity to be admitted to the two-year CTE Early Childhood Education program.

    Upon completion of the course and final exams, students will receive certification by the American Heart Association in CPR and First Aid. In addition, students may complete a Red Cross training in Babysitting Basics, receive a certificate of completion, and enrollment in the Barry Tech Early Childhood Education program.

  • Visitations:
    During the year, the class will visit local day cares and pre-schools. These may include: Harbor Child Care Center, Bethpage Nursery School and The Greenhouse at Nassau Community College. The visitations will offer the opportunity to further learn about the varied educational settings in our area. Job Shadowing opportunities may also be available.

    Students Will Learn How To:

    • Have hands-on experiences for creating lessons and learning projects for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
    • Develop a resume and learn the steps involved in finding and applying for a job in the childcare field
    • Practice and develop effective communication skills to enable them to work with both parents and co-workers in a collaborative team effort
    • Participate in computer and technology projects and lessons related to early childhood development
    • Develop a personalized portfolio that aligns to NYS Preschool Common Core Learning Standards
  • Child Care

    Work/Career Opportunities:

    Long Island has an increased demand for people trained to work in the childcare field as there is an increase in both single family homes and dual-income families. As the pre-school education increases, so does the increased need for people prepared in the childcare profession. Some of the possible career opportunities after this one-year skills course are:

    • Babysitters
    • Parent helpers
    • Camp counselors
    • Child care aides
    • Child care assistants
    • Teacher aides

    Advantages of Child Care Careers:

    • Opportunity to fill a meaningful societal need
    • Daily interaction with people and the practical application of knowledge
    • Flexible work scheduling
    • Allowance for continued personal and professional growth based on goals and abilities
    • Have a challenging and fulfilling career
    • A first step on an early childhood education career path

  • Course Available: Grades 10, 11 or 12
    Course Length: 1 year
    Placement: Skills
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year



Human and Public Services

Barry Tech Guidance Office

  • Barry Tech Guidance Office

    Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    (516) 622-6812/6814