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National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4411: Home Child Care Providers

Home child care providers typically care for children on an ongoing or on a short-term basis. They will care for the well-being of the children. In addition, they will take care of the physical and social development of children. Besides this, they will assist parents with childcare and could assist with household duties as well. These individuals will usually provide care primarily in their own homes or in the children’s homes, where they might reside as well. In many cases, private households and child-care agencies will employ them. In some cases, these individuals might be self-employed as well. This unit group will also comprise foster parents.

Some Example Titles

Babysitter, Babysitter – fitness centre, Child care provider – private home, Foster parent, Live-in caregiver (childcare), Nanny, Parent’s helper, Au pair, Au pair girl, Babysitter – shopping centre, Caregiver or babysitting, Child caregiver – private home, Childminder, Children’s guardian, Family child care provider, Foster father, Foster mother, Governess – childcare, Home child care provider, Kinship care provider, Kinship caregiver, Live-in nanny, Mother’s helper or, Parent, foster

The Main Duties

Home childcare providers will typically perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise and care for children in own or employer’s residence
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for children in addition to performing other housekeeping duties
  • Oversee children’s activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by the employer
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home
  • Instruct children in personal hygiene
  • Tend to the emotional well-being of children and support their social development
  • Discipline children based on the methods specified by the parents
  • Organise and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings
  • Take children to and from school and appointments
  • Keep records of daily activities and health information concerning each child (if applicable)

Foster parents could perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Care for foster children as primary guardians under the general direction of the foster parent agency (usually on an emergency or a temporary basis)
  • Consult foster parent agency supervisors for advice and when problems might arise and,
  • Administer foster care programs for foster children (as directed by the foster parent agency social workers)

The Employment Requirements

The prescribed employment requirements include:

  • Completing secondary school (if required)
  • Completing a training program in childcare or a related field (for home childcare providers, parent’s helpers and foster parents)
  • Having the relevant experience in childcare or household management (if required)
  • Demonstrating the ability to perform work (if required) and,
  • Training in first aid certification and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (if required)

Additional Information

Mobility among occupations typically exist in this group.

Classified Elsewhere

  • Childcare workers – daycare i.e. in National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants and,
  • Live-in caregivers for seniors and persons with disabilities i.e. in National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4412 – Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations