Home child care providers (NOC 4411)

About this job

Home child care providers care for the well-being and physical and social development of children, either on an ongoing or short-term basis. They help parents with child care and sometimes with household duties.

Foster parents and nannies are included in this occupational group.

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Home child care provider

Home child care providers mainly provide care in their own homes or in the children's homes, where they may also live. They may work for child-care agencies or be self-employed.

Common job titles
  • au pair / au pair girl
  • babysitter - home / shopping centre
  • caregiver / parents' helper
  • foster father / mother / parent
  • governess - child care
  • kinship care provider / caregiver


Home child care providers:

  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • Work takes place indoors in private households, but may include some time outdoors.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is movement among occupations in this group.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.