WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Child Care Worker Job Description
Below is our child care worker job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Child Care Worker Job Description
Our center’s child care workers provide a safe and welcoming space for children from age eight weeks to four years. In addition to making sure all kids are properly cared for, workers also regularly engage children in age-appropriate ways that encourage exploration and play. Although not a nursery school, we recognize that child care workers have a tremendous role with the children they look after and take that responsibility seriously. We currently have openings for both part- and full-time positions.
- Supervising children
- Ensuring that children remain safe at all times
- Interacting with children in age-appropriate ways (peek-a-boo, pretend play, etc.)
- Taking children outdoors at least once per day when the weather is appropriate
- Assisting children with parent-provided bottles, snacks, and meals
- Reporting to parents how children do each day
- Developing a cleaning routine
- Responding to incidents and emergencies appropriately
- Following company protocols at all times
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- 18 years of age or older
- 2+ years of experience working with children
- Compassion and patience for young children
- Good verbal communication skills
- Current first aid and CPR certification
- Willingness to pass a drug test and background check
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 1+ years of experience working in a daycare or similar setting
- Experience working with children age 4 years and younger
- Red Cross Child Care Certification or equivalent
- High school diploma or GED
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.