Children require care and supervision by professionals when their parents are working or unavailable for the job. Play workers provide this service in the United Kingdom; day care workers provide the same service in the United States. According to MySalary.co.uk, the average annual salary in the United Kingdom in 2009 for a play worker was £12,684 in United States dollars.
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Supervising, entertaining and socialising children are the primary job duties. Play workers organise team activities and arrange day trips to parks and playgrounds. A play worker communicates with parents about their children's behaviour and interests.
A successful play worker is creative, nurturing and patient. He needs a mindful eye to simultaneously supervise multiple groups of children. Good math skills are needed to calculate and collect payments for services.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to qualify as an entry-level play worker. Long-term employees may be required to obtain different levels of play worker certifications. Background in group childcare or supervision is a plus.
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