UK to offer childcare to essential service employees

Emily Girard

In response to the closure of many childcare centers due to the coronavirus pandemic, UK STEPS is creating part-time childcare positions to assist UK employees and their families. 

The program, located at various childcare centers around Lexington, will provide childcare to essential service employees. These employees, such as UK HealthCare employees and Information Technology employees, are still required to work despite other university operations being shut down.

According to Dr. Erika Chambers, Work-Life Director for UK Human Resources, the program was developed to “support the child care needs” of UK employees “so they can continue serving the needs of their patients, our students and the community.” 

The positions offered include teachers and teacher assistants for classrooms of various age groups. The classrooms are divided into Infant/Toddler, Preschool and K-8 categories. Each shift is five to eight hours, with a total of 25 to 40 hours per week.

Specific requirements of employees will vary by classroom. However, all employees will be expected to perform childcare routines (diapering, eating, napping, etc.) “in a manner that is prompt, hygienic, and consistent with the good child development principles,” explained Chambers.

Interested applicants should visit Applicants must be CPR and first aid certified, and at least one year of childcare experience is desired. Currently, the posting offers no application deadline.