Home child care providers (NOC 4411)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum Not published
Median 13.00$
Maximum 23.43$
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

Home child care providers care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis. They care for the well-being and physical and social development of children, assist parents with child care and may assist with household duties. They provide care primarily in their own homes or in the children's homes, where they may also reside. They are employed by private households and child-care agencies, or they may be self-employed. Foster parents are included in this unit group.

Main duties

  • Home child care providers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Supervise and care for children in employer's or own residence
  • - Bathe, dress and feed infants and children
  • - Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • - Continued…
  • - Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties
  • - Oversee children's activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by 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 according to the methods requested by the parents
  • - Organize and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings
  • - Take children to and from school and appointments
  • - May be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child.
  • Foster parents perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Care for foster children, usually on an emergency or temporary basis, as a primary guardian under general direction of foster parent agency
  • - Consult foster parent agency supervisors for advice and when problems arise
  • - Administer foster care programs for foster children, as directed by foster parent agency social workers.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Home child care providers, parent's helpers and foster parents may require completion of a training program in child care or a related field.
  • * Child care or household management experience may be required.
  • * Demonstrated ability to perform work is usually required.
  • * First aid certification and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training may be required.

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