How to Make Your Next Childcare Provider Hire

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Last updated at 09-15-2020 18:08:28



More than 11,913 companies advertise 104,476 Childcare Provider jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Childcare Provider most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 16,460 job posts from 5,399 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 12.4% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 86 Childcare Provider job seekers for every active Childcare Provider job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Customer Service Representative, Babysitter/Nanny, Receptionist, Preschool Teacher, Retail Sales Associate, Warehouse Worker, Caregiver, Front Desk Agent, Childcare Provider, and Sales Associate seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Childcare Provider candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Customer Service Representative, Receptionist, Babysitter/Nanny, Retail Sales Associate, Preschool Teacher, Front Desk Agent, Administrative Assistant, Childcare Provider, Sales Associate, and Cashier. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Childcare Provider candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 25.4% of the active Childcare Provider candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 27.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 25.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 21.6% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 6.0 years to 5.8 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include childcare, communication skills, experience with children, teaching, early childhood education, English, customer service, time management, Spanish, and bilingual. Demand for teaching, writing skills, organizational skills, English, time management, cooking, Microsoft Excel, daycare, communication skills, and experience with children has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Childcare Provider with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.1 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 43.3% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 10.0%.

Example Childcare Provider responsibilities

  • Assist children with activities such as reading, playing, and arts and crafts
  • Feed and change children when needed
  • Supervise and teach children while parents or guardians are not present in order to help them learn to be responsible and productive
  • Create a safe environment for the children
  • Maintain health information for each child, such as immunization records


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Childcare Provider positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, Florida, Ohio, California, and New York are the states that have the highest demand for Childcare Providers. Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Ohio are where most job seekers are searching for Childcare Provider jobs. If we look at the Childcare Provider to job ratio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have the lowest number of Childcare Provider applicants per job. Mississippi, California, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York have the most active Childcare Provider job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 1,423,256 job seekers interested in Childcare Provider opportunities in the United States. That’s a 36.3% increase compared to the previous quarter with 1,044,164 active job seekers. Around 25.4% of the active Childcare Provider candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 27.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 25.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 21.6% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Childcare Provider candidates is 5.8 years. Active candidates in the Childcare Provider profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Childcare Provider candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 14,680 Childcare Providers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including YMCA, Childcare Network, Rolling Hills Developmental Center, California Department of Social Services, NULL,, In Home Support Services (IHSS), Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Kindercare Learning Centers, and Burn Boot Camp.

After analyzing post-interview data from Childcare Provider candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 54.5% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 91.7% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Childcare Provider candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and group interview. Most employers do not require a drug test or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Childcare Provider quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 77.2% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 52% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What are the three most important things you need to have in order to care for children in your home?
  • How will you manage daily household tasks and children at the same time?
  • What is your experience with pre-school aged children and toddlers?
  • How do you handle emergency situations in the home extra family members are not present?
  • How do you reduce problem behaviours in children?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Childcare Provider salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 8% from $45,923.72 to $42,047.42 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Childcare Provider positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 52.3%, healthcare insurance by 44.3%, dental insurance by 35.6%, discounts by 31.9%, a 401k plan by 29.8%, vision insurance by 29.1%, and stock options/grants by 3.4%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including mostly remote, location variety, fully remote, flexible working hours, somewhat remote, sabbaticals, paternity leave, and maternity leave, to attract and retain Childcare Provider candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 46.4% of the employers conducted a background check, and 13.9% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Childcare Provider candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Childcare Provider, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Childcare Provider candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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