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NOC Code: NOC Code: 4411 Occupation: Home child care providers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
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. 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.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read notes brought home from school to get requested materials, such as modelling clay, ready for the next day. (1)
  • Read parents' notes giving instructions on matters such as administering medicine or preparing meals. (2)
  • Refer to orientation material and regulations on procedures, policies, behaviour and safety requirements set forth by home care agencies or foster parent agencies. (2)
  • Read books and stories aloud to the children to entertain them and to develop their language and pre-reading skills. (2)
  • Read various parenting books, magazines and newsletters to stay up-to-date on child development issues, such as nutrition and discipline, and to find ideas for crafts and activities. (3)
  • Read a policy and procedures manual if employed by a babysitting agency. (3)
  • Refer to health or medical books, to look up the symptoms of a child's illness and determine what action they should take. (4)
  • Read a variety of children's books, to judge their suitability, appropriateness and quality. (4)
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Writing
  • Complete timesheet for pay purposes, noting dates, times, names of parents and children. (1)
  • Keep an ongoing grocery list, adding items to the list. (1)
  • Note special events or upcoming outings on the calendar. (1)
  • Coach children in printing, writing and spelling by writing words or sentences for them to copy. (1)
  • Keep a journal to record the care of infants, such as feeding times, bath times, sleep patterns and relevant comments. (2)
  • Fill out an accident report to record the details of any incidents and follow up actions taken. (2)
  • Write notes to parents requesting special clothing or supplies. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read labels on medication to determine dosages when children are ill. (1)
  • Read grocery lists. (1)
  • Complete attendance forms, indicating when and how long each child was in care. (1)
  • Maintain an infant activity journal, noting times for feeding, naps, baths and recording relevant comments. (2)
  • Read schedules for public services, such as buses, swimming facilities or libraries, and use calendars to plan each week. (2)
  • Read recipes to prepare snacks and meals. (2)
  • Read a city map when driving somewhere new. (2)
  • Read labels on food products to determine nutritional value and to screen for ingredients which may cause allergic reactions. (2)
  • Interpret drawings that provide instructions on how to do crafts. (2)
  • Read directions and diagrams to assemble toys. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to cashiers, store clerks or other service representatives when purchasing items or enquiring about prices or hours of operation. (1)
  • Interact with parents or guardians to receive information about a child's mood, health and such matters as whether the child ate breakfast. Advise when supplies, such as clothing and diapers, need to be restocked. (1)
  • Interact with parents to tell them about the day's activities and any noteworthy incidents. (1)
  • Interact with the children under supervision to seek input in planning the day, to read stories, to play games and to encourage sharing. (1)
  • Resolve conflicts between children, encouraging them to work through the problem and to develop social skills. (2)
  • Use diplomacy and tact to discuss a child's behavioural problems and discipline with parents. (2)
  • Instruct children about an activity or outing, including any safety rules they should follow. (2)
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Money Math
  • Total the cost of various activities, such as pool admissions or transportation, and submit the total and receipts to parents for reimbursement. (1)
  • Pay for groceries, by cash or cheque, when doing the shopping. (1)
  • Calculate the weekly amount owed by parents for the care of their children and accept payment. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Keep a record of the costs of crafts, supplies and food, entering these amounts in a bookkeeping ledger. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure ingredients when preparing food. (1)
  • Take an ill child's temperature. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the amount of food the children will eat, as well as the quantity of ingredients when preparing food. (1)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • The daily routine of babysitters, nannies and parents' helpers is fairly structured, with meals, snacks and naps at the same time every day. Other activities vary, according to the moods of the children and their energy levels. Some activities, such as outings and crafts are planned. Any plans made must consider such factors as meal times, nap times, school and bus schedules. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what to feed the children for lunch and snacks. (1)
  • Decide on the most appropriate activities to do with the children, taking into consideration the weather, schedules and other factors. (2)
  • Decide whether to administer medicine or consult a doctor when a child becomes ill or has an ongoing condition, such as asthma, that must be monitored. (2)
  • Assess the health of each child upon drop-off to decide when a child must be sent home because he or she is too sick. (2)
  • When a child is injured, must decide if a child's injuries are serious enough to warrant examination by a doctor. If it is decided that the injuries are not serious, watch the child closely to ensure that the injuries were not worse than they first appeared. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Children of different ages are not playing together. Try to find ways to involve all the children, without the older ones getting bored or the younger ones getting frustrated. (1)
  • It is too cold outside to carry out regular plans. Select appropriate indoor activities. The alternative chosen should also involve physical activity. (1)
  • A child is not following an instruction. First attempt to resolve the problem by looking directly in the child's face and repeating the instruction. If the child still does not respond, may use a "consequence of behaviour" technique. (2)
  • Children are fighting, often over a toy. Determine the best course of action, considering the seriousness of the situation, and how to discipline the children, if appropriate. (2)
  • There is a child with special needs, such as a hyperactive child. Develop appropriate strategies to help the child. (3)
  • A child is sick and the parents are unable or unwilling to pick up the child; the condition worsens during the day. Deal with this situation while managing the other children as well. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Consult a list of emergency telephone numbers. (1)
  • Use a medical reference book to look up the symptoms of a child's illness to determine what action to take. (2)
  • Find information on activities or upcoming events in such sources as flyers or recreational directories. (2)
  • Refer to child development books for information on dealing with particular behavioural problems. (2)
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