Child and youth workers help young people with various challenges. They help children and youth who have learning, social, emotional, or behavioural issues. They can work in residential, institutional, or community-based settings. They often work in schools and hospitals as well.
An aboriginal child development practitioner plans and supervises activities for young children to encourage them in intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. They create activities that help children learn about local cultures, interests, and values.
Child development practitioners plan activities for preschool and school-age children that stimulate their intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. They may care for infants and toddlers or develop and supervise daily activities for older children. They lead children in activities such as reading stories, singing, playing instruments, doing crafts, and other creative games. They must also keep informed about new teaching methods and childcare developmental theories.
Developmental services workers provide care and support to children and adults with disabilities. They may help their clients develop life skills such as housekeeping, social interaction, job preparation, and personal hygiene. They often work with people who have intellectual disabilities, which means the clients have an impaired ability to learn.