Home Child Care Providers

(NOC 4411)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate decline sharply employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate -30 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline significantly over the next few years, which will limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Home Child Care Providers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 41% of Home Child Care Providers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $11,635. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$12.50

Median

$17.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$1,529

Minimum

$7,694

Median

$27,327

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

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.

Job 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.
  • 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.

Sample job titles

  • au pair
  • babysitter
  • child care provider - private home
  • family child care provider
  • foster parent
  • home child care provider
  • live-in caregiver, child care
  • live-in nanny
  • nanny
  • parent's helper

Skills

To work in this field, you must be patient, understanding, and emotionally supportive along with good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others. The ability to handle stressful situations may be needed. You should be sensitive and able to respond in a positive and caring way. The ability to follow directions and work under supervision is also important. Dependability and good judgement are also essential. Good health and physical strength may be necessary for some positions.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high 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.
  • First aid certification and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training may be required.

Other considerations

Most workers in these jobs do not work full-time for the entire year, and jobs tend to be seasonal. Demonstrated ability to perform work is usually required. Child care or household management experience may be required. There is mobility among jobs in this group.

By the numbers

Quick look

2,055

employed in 2016

70.0%

employed full-time

48.7%

self employed

96.1%
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3.9%
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39.4

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

48.8%

Halifax

15.0%

Northern

14.8%

Annapolis Valley

11.2%

Cape Breton

10.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

75.2%

Health Care and Social Assistance

24.3%

Other Services

0.5%

Accommodation and Food Services

What is the age of Employment?

25.9%

35-44

20.7%

55-64

18.3%

25-34

17.5%

45-54

13.4%

15-24

4.2%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

33.5%

High school

$12,032 median annual income
26.8%

College certificate or diploma

$22,103 median annual income
15.4%

Bachelor's degree

$17,726 median annual income
15.2%

Less than high school

$8,978 median annual income
5.0%

Trades certificate

$24,060 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Foster Care Nova Scotia
, NS
Tel: (800) 565-1884
St. John Ambulance - NS, PEI
72 Highfield Park Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4X2
Tel: (902) 463-5646
Fax: (902) 469-9609
Canadian Child Care Federation
700 Industrial Ave, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Y9
Tel: (613) 729-5289
Fax: (613) 729-3159

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