This is a community-based class where students train at Jackson Early Childhood Center in Livonia. It focuses on skills needed to assist with classroom responsibilities when caring for young children aged infants to five years old. Students are placed individually or in groups of two in a particular classroom and take direction from the child care center staff. Students should be able to work without direct supervision from Skill Center staff for at least 15 - 30 minutes.
All classroom assignments involve some custodial work such as sanitizing tables and sweeping floors. Other tasks students perform include helping to supervise children during free-play, meal times, and in the gym or on the playground, assisting children with handwashing, wiping noses, running errands to the kitchen, setting up cots, and helping children to fall asleep at naptime. Students should be able to get down on the floor with children. Students should be able to recognize the difference between supervising children at play vs. playing with children.
A student try-out is required for enrollment in this class. Once accepted in this licensed child care setting, students must have a TB test and get clearance through the Michigan Department of Human Services. There can be no dangly jewelry, facial piercings, or visible tattoos. Students are provided with polo shirts to wear over their own clothing to indicate that they are interns.