Childcare Worker

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Childcare Worker

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Caring for young children is among the most important duties in any society. Those people who choose to work in pre-schools, day care centers, early childhood programs, or as in-home care providers all shoulder a great responsibility. To nurture and protect children is a basic human need and one that compassionately shapes the future when done well. The nature, scope, and sequence of childcare as a profession is the subject of this volume in the illustrated "Careers With Character" series. As is the case with other books in this informative and thoughtful parent series, Childcare Worker combines a well-written narrative with reflective scenarios to produce a fine book. Author Ellyn Sanna offers her readers a very detailed look at the types of work responsibilities and expectations that are placed on childcare workers. Sanna also incorporates situations based on real life circumstances that will challenge her readers to think about what they might do in difficult situations within this profession. The author also includes information about prerequisite qualifications, wage expectations, and future employment projections each of which should be helpful to readers. The "Careers with Character" series is a first rate one and this publication maintains that high standard. Readers should come away from this book with at least some idea of what it is to work in the childcare profession. That being the fact, Childcare Worker serves the important purpose of providing readers with some career awareness regarding a field that serves the vital interests of young children. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Pam Carlson
Character can be defined as “who you are even when no one else is around.” The career one chooses may provide unexpected challenges in the areas of integrity and trustworthiness, respect and compassion, justice and fairness, responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, and citizenship. Careers with Character devotes one chapter in each title to each of those areas while presenting comprehensive information on job requirements, career opportunities, and a general introduction on character questions and career choices. Personal narratives are what differentiate this series from others devoted to careers, making it both more readable and memorable. Open-ended questions following the anecdotes ask the reader what decision they would have made in particular situations. Several sidebars with quotes, factoids, and lists, such as “Excuses We Make for Unethical Behavior,” break up the text. Both color and black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. A basic introduction is repeated in each volume and short lists for further reading, related websites, glossary, and index are included. Several highly visible and influential careers are embodied in the series including politician, social worker, homeland security officer, and clergy. There were a few typos: For example, Childcare Worker states that 3.3 cases of child abuse are reported each year. The actual number is 3.3 million. Despite such glitches, this is a unique and beneficial resource for young adults making decisions about their futures, as well as for high school or even college counselors to use with students. It is a reminder that careers are more than salary and perks; they might possibly be a means of influencing the world. (Careers with Character) Reviewer: Pam Carlson; Ages 15 to 18.
Children's Literature
Childcare Worker is a book in the "Careers with Character" series. There is an introduction by educational consultants and then nine chapters follow. Each chapter deals with the different aspects involved in choosing a career as a childcare worker. Some of the chapters describe the job requirements, responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, career opportunities and others. Each chapter also offers a case history or role model. The chapter on Justice and Fairness talks about a childcare worker who always tried to treat each child the same, but lately she had been having trouble with one child who was not particularly likeable. Barbara had to use her childcare skills to evaluate the situation and find out what was troubling her. When she found out the child was being abused, she had found her answer to the child's misbehavior. Instead of getting angry, Barbara used patience and fairness in handling this situation. Another chapter on Job Requirements explains what is needed to become a childcare worker. Education, training and credentials are explored, as well as desirable personality traits. Sidebars are featured throughout the book such as Women Who Made a Difference in Their Communities and Marketing Strategies for Starting Your Own Childcare Business. This is a good book for anyone interested in childcare as a career. Good photographs, further books to read, a glossary and internet web sites are included. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
—Della A. Yannuzzi
VOYA
There are many employment guides aimed at the teenage reader. Most provide more or less the same information regarding job requirements, opportunities within a career field, and expected salaries and benefits. This eighteen-volume "Careers with Character" series does the same, but it approaches the task differently. Each title is filled with small vignettes and profiles that illustrate the activities a particular professional must face on a regular basis. For example, Childcare Worker emphasizes that some people place more value on their desire to help or instill values in others, not on making a large salary. As in the other volumes, the character traits that exemplify the best attributes of a good professional in the field are examined, particularly compassion, diligence, fairness, responsibility, and trustworthiness. Each text is readable because the writers avoid spouting data and statistics. Instead, role models in the highlighted fields are profiled, and their daily activities, both mundane and exciting, are evaluated. The page layout is nicely arranged, with bright photographs that often depict minorities and women interspersed with sidebars that highlight relevant quotes or further examine the virtues of a particular character trait. A reader fascinated with a certain career will get much out of this series, which includes books on the clergy, firefighter, psychologist, and social worker. The casual researcher will probably grow frustrated, scouring the profiles for the significant data. This well-written series provides an alternative approach to career education, matching the readers' moral fiber to the professions that might best suit those assets. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S(Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Mason Crest, 90p. PLB Beach
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Weaving together career and character education, these titles explore some of the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by people employed in these fields. Each title is organized into chapters that center around a specific value, such as responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, and respect and compassion. Within each chapter, a fictional situation is explored, and readers are asked to discuss and think about the dilemma and the ethics of the situation. Only a small portion of each book is devoted to explaining job requirements and career opportunities. Nonetheless, readers are presented with some of the realities and everyday decisions in each of these fields. The books are clearly written and well organized; color photographs add to their attractiveness. The glossaries and indexes are somewhat minimal. These titles will supplement the standard career-education books found in many libraries, and teachers wanting students to explore some of the values needed in order to succeed in these chosen professions will find them useful.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422227527
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Series: Careers with Character Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 995,810
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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