Looking after children is a very sensitive job, and people who provide in-home child care must be very hands-on in looking after children and their needs.
Some states require that in-home child care providers obtain appropriate licenses and submit immunizations as children are delicate and parents need to make sure that they are safe.
An in-home child care provider is usually hired by working parents or those who need additional help with their children at home.
In some instances, an in-home child care provider may live in with the family (especially if she is a full-time arrangement). The standard duties of an in-home childcare provider include providing physical care to children, making sure that they are adequately fed and ensuring their overall safety.
It is also the job of in-home child care providers to make sure that any domestic staff working in the same house meets the safety guideline set for homes that have children residing in them.
In-home child care providers must be very patient and have a loving nature. Looking after children is very challenging, and it is essential for them to know what to expect and be prepared for emergencies.
• Take specific orders from parents about their children’s activities.
• Lead children through recreational activities and provide them with instructions on safe-play.
• Instruct children in habits conforming to health such as toileting and eating.
• Provide constant care to infants and babies by ensuring their cleanliness and hygiene – change diapers and give baths.
• Nurture children while their parents are away at work by providing them with a sense of security.
• Supervise children while they get ready for school and escort them to their rides or school.
• Organize and implement a curriculum that stimulates young minds.
• Chart out a nutritional plan with parents detailing each child’s dietary needs.
• Make certain that all planned activities encourage children’s physical, mental, emotional and social growth and awareness.
• Prepare or assist in preparing children’s meals and make sure that they are fed on time.
• Determine children’s cause for distress and comfort them when they cry.
• Schedule meetings with parents to discuss children’s progress and any observations.
• Monitor children for behavioral changes and report variations to parents.
• Supervise older children when they return from school and assist them with their homework.
• Oversee the work of household staff to ensure the safety of the environment for children.
• Perform limited housekeeping duties such as laundry, cleaning, and washing.
• Practice CPR and First Aid in case of emergencies.