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Before you prepare to approach potential employers and before you brush up on your interviewing skills, don’t neglect to develop your resume. This document is often the first introduction to you that potential employers have. Your resume should quickly catch the attention of employers, presenting your qualifications at a glance. With the childcare resume template for Word and the example image as your guide, you can create your own informative document including a summary statement, skills section, work history section and education section.
Writing Your Summary Statement
The strength of your summary statement can have a powerful impact on whether your resume gets the attention it needs. Use this first section to show that you are qualified for the responsibilities you would be expected to fulfill if you are hired. The best method is to select focused words that relate to the childcare industry, specifically the most commonly used industry specific keywords.
Create just three sentences or bullet points containing your professional title, your top skills, and any professional certification or areas of expertise you hold. Take a look at some examples of summary statements you might develop based on our childcare resume template for Word.
Summary Statement Example 1:
• Daycare worker at the Idaho State University childcare center
• Prepared curriculum and planned daily activities
• Communicated with parents concerning accomplishments of goals and areas of concern
Summary Statement Example 2:
• Idaho-certified infant and toddler teacher since 2013
• Saw to infants’ feeding and hygiene needs
• Observed infant behavior patterns and completed daily records
Summary Statement Example 3:
Teacher assistant at Little Scholars Childcare for 2 years. Experience with 4 – 5-year-olds in a class of 8. Strong communication skills and ability to provide compassionate care
Summary Statement Example 4:
• After School Daycare Worker in private setting for 10 years
• Supervised development of lesson plans and daily activities
• First aid certified and current food handlers’ permit
Writing Your Skills Section
This section of your resume is a chance to quickly list those skills that are most valued by potential employers. Use the skills section to describe your qualifications succinctly, making it easy for employers to recognize your ability to contribute to their workplace. Use the childcare resume template for Word as a starting point. Here are some tips for creating a powerful skills section:
• Review your skills and experiences, identifying the most pertinent and limiting your list to the most relevant five to seven.
• Understand the needs of the position you are seeking and use verbiage that is relevant to that job. Be sure each bullet point maintains this focus.
• Consider bringing in information from volunteer and educational experiences.
Consider using some of the following skills, if they are relevant to you, in your resume:
• Assessment of performance of infants, toddlers or children
• Recognition of areas of improvement
• Communication with children, parents and other care providers
• Cooperation with staff members and support professionals
• Awareness of social interactions and reactions
• Ability to provide first aid and basic healthcare services
Writing Your Work History Section
This section is where you have the chance to describe, briefly, your experiences in the childcare industry and any of the positions you have held in the past. This is the portion of your resume where you can indicate any courses you’ve completed or career accomplishments. Use the following suggestions for best practices along with the childcare resume template for Word to ensure that this part of your resume is as thorough and concise as possible.
• Choose action words to describe the duties and responsibilities you held at each job.
• Provide as much information as possible while keeping the number of words low.
• Add specific dates, numbers and quantified achievements as much as possible.
Here are some good examples of what to include in your childcare work history section:
Daycare Worker at Idaho State University Childcare Center / 2012-2016 / Pocatello
• Completed lesson plans, introducing age-appropriate science exploration
• Maintained and sanitized play equipment daily
• Communicated with parents and shared stories from the day
• Introduced the use of secure technology so that parents could check on children remotely
Infant and Toddler Teacher at Family Recovery Center / 2013-present / Boise, ID
• Supervised feeding and washing of infants and toddlers
• Provided direct care while mothers worked
• Taught infant and toddler nutrition and safety class for young mothers
• Worked with mothers and toddlers to identify and reach desired milestones
• Maintained accurate records
Teacher Assistant at Little Scholars Childcare / 2011-2013 / American Falls, ID
• Gathered and prepared materials for daily lessons
• Assisted teacher in behavioral management and lesson implementation
• Helped children accomplish goals
After School Daycare Worker for Driscoll Family / 2006-2016 / Aberdeen, ID
• Supervised completion of homework
• Provided tutoring as required
• Created lesson plans for tutoring
• Planned daily activities and snacks
• Transported children to scheduled classes, sports and activities
Writing Your Education Section
When describing your educational history, list your most recent classes or trainings first. If you don’t have any continuing education to list, begin with your highest level of education. Take a look at this example and then create your own with the childcare resume template for Word.
CDA National Credentialing program – Fall 2015
First Aid Certification Course – 2016
Discoveries of Infancy: Cognitive Development and Learning Seminar Ð September 2016
Creating Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Beyond Ð September 2016
Boise State University / BS / 2010-2014