Home Child Care Providers

(NOC 4411)

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

Home childcare providers care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis. They care for the well-being and physical and social development of children, help parents with childcare and may help with household duties. They provide care primarily in their own homes or in the children's homes, where they may also live. They work for private households and child-care agencies, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Decline sharply employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate -25 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

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

  • Estimate 770 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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 moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Home Child Care Providers may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 35% 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

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$1,529

Minimum

$7,694

Median

$27,327

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$14.74

Minimum

$33.28

Median

$46.76

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Home childcare providers care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis. They care for the well-being and physical and social development of children, help parents with childcare and may help with household duties. They provide care primarily in their own homes or in the children's homes, where they may also live. They work for private households and child-care agencies, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Home childcare 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 do other housekeeping duties.
  • Oversee children's activities like 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 like 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.

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

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

  • 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

2,805

employed in 2016

59.0%

employed full-time

44.2%

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

76.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

48.9%

Halifax

15.0%

North Shore

14.8%

Annapolis Valley

11.3%

Cape Breton

10.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

74.8%

Health care and social assistance

24.2%

Other services (except public administration)

0.5%

Professional, scientific and technical services

0.5%

Accommodation and food services

What is the age of Employment?

22.0%

35-44

21.0%

15-24

19.0%

25-34

18.0%

45-54

15.0%

55-64

6.0%

65+

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

24.2%

35-44

22.7%

45-54

21.4%

25-34

17.2%

55-64

8.4%

15-24

Top levels of education

32.4%

High school

$6,638 median annual income
24.4%

College certificate or diploma

$7,844 median annual income
21.6%

Less than high school

$6,206 median annual income
13.2%

Bachelor's degree

$10,258 median annual income
4.3%

Trades certificate

$9,305 median annual income

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

28.9%

Bachelor's degree

$45,929 median annual income
21.2%

College certificate or diploma

$35,398 median annual income
16.8%

Master's degree

$71,043 median annual income
14.6%

High school

$29,055 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$100,443 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

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 - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

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

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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