How to Become a Childcare Inspector

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Every child is entitled to proper upbringing. Childcare inspectors ensure this by inspecting care facilities and programs ensuring they conform to the set standards. These professionals carry out their duties according to set standards, laws, departmental procedures and policies. This career is fit for those individuals who like traveling and working outdoors.



Job Description

Childcare inspectors ensure that childcare practices meet the specialized and general needs of the children. They interact routinely with the general public, representatives from different organizations and various departments. Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • Investigating law violation complaints to minimize risks to children
  • Studying and processing applications for licenses as stipulated by the law
  • Monitoring registered and licensed facilities to define continued compliance
  • Training, consulting with facilities to improve services to children
  • Completing reports to record decisions on licensing activities
  • Performing other duties as assigned and obligated to maintain unit tasks
  • Promoting and demonstrating suitable respect for cultural variety among employees and contacts related to child care
  • Attending work on a regular basis according to the agency’s leave policy



The average earnings for childcare inspectors is dependent on the location, benefits, experience, industry and the company they work for. Below is the summary of their starting salary in regard to their level of service:


Average Annual Earnings

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The childcare inspector is responsible for the inspection of facilities such as home based child care facilities; center based childcare facilities, child residential homes and youth camps. They work under administration from higher-level child care facility supervisors. They are required to have the following skills for them to be able to carry out their duties efficiently:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Capability to participate and in the enforcement of regulations regarding childcare facilities
  • Ability to analyze the facilities’ processes in regard to department’s stipulations for the children facilities’ management
  • Ability to work in a team comprised of people with contrasting priorities and goals with diplomacy and tact
  • Being able to operate the simple office apparatus such as the camera/AV equipment and the copy and tax machines



For you to start working as a childcare inspector, you are required to obtain induction training that is inclusive of training days, participating in training inspections and a support and mentorship program. You will then attend routine professional training, conferences and seminars to keep abreast of the developments in the field of childcare.

Many employers prefer candidates who have secured a degree in relevant fields such as social work, childcare or education. A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience such as serving as a head teacher is a plus for candidates seeking this position. Candidates need to possess a track record of service provision and improving standards. They should be well informed of the job’s demands as well as the statutory requirements and recent advancements.

Child care inspectors who are willing to pursue PhD programs in child care are open for more career openings. Having secure a PhD in child care. You are required to conduct inspections with the primary objective of enabling other child care providers attain proficiency. You conduct scheduled visits to ensure that proper services are provided.


Career Prospects

Jobs in the childcare field comprise of 15% of all the jobs with the female gender contributing up to 65% of the total workers. According to the NCS, there will be around 1,330,000 workers in this field by 2020.



Even though inspectors are based on their dwellings, they spend a greater proportion of their time performing assessments in various childcare facilities, colleges and schools. Many of them are self-employed. Since they are expected to travel frequently, a driver’s license is a must.