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Home Child Care Providers (NOC4411) may also be called:

  • child caregiver / child care provider
  • family daycare provider
  • parent’s helper
  • nanny
  • babysitter
  • foster parent
  • au pair

What Would I Do?

Home child care providers care for children on an ongoing or short-term basis.  You care for the well-being, physical and social development of children.  You may assist parents with child care and may assist with household duties.  You provide care primarily in your own home (e.g. family daycare provider) or in the children’s homes (e.g. nanny), where you may also reside.

Your duties can include:

  • Supervise and care for children in employer’s or own residence
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children; instruct children in personal hygiene
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment in the home
  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents
  • Organize and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings
  • Nannies may plan, prepare and serve meals for children and perform other housekeeping duties
  • 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

More information:

  • Career Cruising [profiles for ‘Nanny’ and ‘Early Childhood Educator’]
    Available from the VPL Digital Library | Explore our Digital Library page

Am I Suited For This Job?

Home child care providers should:

  • genuinely enjoy working with children

You should be:

  • Patient
  • Good with people
  • Responsible, dependable and flexible

You should have:

  • Good communication and language skills (most parents want you to read to their children and, in some cases, help them learn to read and write)

You primarily work indoors but may include some time outdoors.  The work is often demanding, both physically and emotionally, and may require lifting and carrying infants and children. You may be helping children to eat, brush their teeth, go to the washroom, and wash their faces and hands.

Sources: WorkBC and Career Cruising

What Are The Wages And Benefits?

In British Columbia, the median annual salary for Home child care providers is $22,629.  Hourly wages can range from $12.65 to $17.

Source: WorkBC

In BC’s regions, home child care providers can expect to make:

Hourly wages for home child care providers in BC regions

Source: Job Bank Wage Report  [Search 4411]

What Is The Job Outlook In BC?

The employment outlook for home child care providers is good. BC Labour Market Outlook forecasts there will be 4,300 job openings between 2017 and 2027. Most jobs are located in the Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island and Thompson-Okanagan regions of BC.

Home care providers (NOC 4411)

forecasted average employment growth rate; job openings for 2017 to 2027; and composition of job openings

Chart from WorkBC
Source: WorkBC

How Do I Become a Home Child Care Provider?

Home child care providers do not require certification in BC. However, you are usually required to complete secondary school, and 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.  A criminal record check is usually required.

Unlicensed home child care:

In BC, you may provide unlicensed home based child care if there are one or two children.

Licensed home child care:

When there are three or more children, you must obtain a license from your local Health Authority Community Care Facility Licensing Programs.

See for example:

For more information on the licensing of home child care programs, see:

Education and training

  • Good Beginnings: Professional Development for Family Child Care Providers [offered by the BC Family Child Care Association (BCFCCA)].
    36 hour program offered in locations throughout BC; also available via correspondence. The program covers children’s development & behaviour, planning for safety & emergencies, children’s nutrition and more. For more information, see:
  • Child Care Resource & Referral – CCRCWorkshops
    Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRC) Programs are nonprofit community organizations available throughout BC.  Many of the local CCRC offices offer education/training for home child care providers.  Find your local CCRC office by going to: CCRC website and searching on your community name. Some examples of CCRC workshops/training in Greater Vancouver communities are:

How Do I Find A Job?

Where would I work?

Home child care providers may work:

  • in your own homes or, as nannies, in the children’s homes (where you may also reside)
  • for private households and child-care agencies
  • as a self employed child care provider

Finding Advertised Jobs

Jobs are advertised in a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines and online job sites.

Local Newspapers

You can look at the Vancouver Sun & The Province at Vancouver Public Library for free. Check the job postings daily, the careers section in the Vancouver Sun on Wednesdays and Saturdays and, in The Province on Sundays.

Online Job Postings

Finding “Hidden Jobs”

Many job vacancies are not advertised. The resources below will help you with finding jobs in this “hidden” job market.

Using Directories to Create a List of Potential Employers

You can use directories to produce lists of child care providers. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.

  • Reference Canada
    Click on “Start Search” beside Canadian Businesses, then select the “Advanced Search” button.
    Select both “Keyword/SIC/NAICS” under Business Type and “City” under Geography.
    In the top search box enter “child care” or “nannies” and click LOOKUP.
    Select the appropriate headings.
    Lower down, select the Province, choose the cities, and click the “View Results” button.
    NOTE: You can access this database from a Library computer. If you are using a computer from outside the Library, you will need a Vancouver Public Library card to login to this database. After clicking on the database name, you will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN (usually last four digits of your telephone number).

Networking, Volunteering and Temporary Agencies

Many positions are filled by people who have been recommended by someone they know. Networking, working as a volunteer or registering with a temporary employment agency are good ways of helping you find jobs and meet people in your industry.

Networking and the Hidden Job Market

When looking for work, be sure to talk to friends, relatives and neighbours. They may know someone who is hiring! Working as a volunteer, attending events, and joining clubs and associations are good ways to gain “Canadian experience.” They are also good ways to meet people to learn about the local job market.

Volunteer opportunities

  • YMCA of Greater Vancouver
    Volunteer opportunities may be available in child care centres (50 locations), family programs and community services
  • YWCA of Metro Vancouver
    Volunteer opportunities may be available in the YWCA’s Family Services programs and their four licensed child care centres

For additional tips see:

Applying for a Job

In Canada, employers usually expect to receive a resume and a cover letter that identifies the position you are applying for and summarizes your experience.  Use the library catalogue to find books on writing resumes and cover letters specific to your industry.

For more information see:

Where Can This Job Lead?

Home child care providers may progress to operating your own home based daycare centre. With experience and additional training, you also may work as a daycare supervisor.

Where Can I Find More Information?

  • BC Child Care Resource & Referral
    Offers child care and community referrals, resources and support to child care providers and families across British Columbia.  Services include referrals to family day care centres provided in private homes.