What Does a Responsible Adult Do?

A Responsible Adult acts as an assistant for various child care programs. Along with a mature and responsible attitude, responsible adults have well developed interpersonal skills and an understanding of the issues that affect children and their families.


·         Help to provide a daily balance of active/quiet, outdoor/indoor, and individual/group activities

·         Carry out daily activity schedule that incorporates child-directed activity, care routine and transition times

·         Organize space, equipment and materials before activities

·         Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations

·         Use a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questions, demonstrating and reinforcing

·         Provide opportunity each day for child to be alone or to have direct play experiences

·         Plan and carry out activities that encourage problem solving

·         Provide experiences and play materials that actively promote diversity and acceptance

·         Immediately address problem behaviour without labeling the child

·         Able to build trust and positive relationships with families in the program

·         Act as a role model of appropriate behaviour

·         Effective interpersonal skills under all types of conditions, exhibiting a supportive, positive approach

·         Personal initiative, good planning and organizational skills

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