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Child Care Worker

Destination: Workplace, Training Programs, College and University

Program offered at: Pine Ridge Secondary School


This pathway program focuses on the well-being of children, youth, adolescents and the elderly in families and community settings. Students will study child behaviour and child development in the context of relationships with parents and others in the community, and through social science research methods. This course prepares students for further study of children, familiarizes them with occupational opportunities related to working with children, and introduces them to skills used in researching and investigating children's behaviour in response to others. Students will understand the stages of development and needs of children and the elderly. Students will master the fundamental skills required to meet these needs; acquire an awareness of legislation governing the care of children and of elderly people who require support or supervision; evaluate social and recreational activities for children and the elderly; and assess available facilities. Students will also examine career paths in child and geriatric care, the impact of technological developments on products and services, and health and safety laws.

Adult Care and Personal Support Workers

Adult Care Workers provide practical care to family members when the main caregiver is unable to continue in the role without assistance. This pathway can lead into a personal support worker program, a personal care worker program or a gerontology program. Adult care workers may work in long term care facilities, nursing homes, retirement homes, health care agencies or community senior's centres. The Healthcare Services area is growing at a rapid pace and producing MANY employment opportunities in Canada.

The Personal Support Worker in Ontario provides a range of health care services in a variety of settings: long-term care facilities, in the community for home care providers, in adult day programs, supportive housing settings, group homes, hospitals, educational facilities and many other settings. The range of services provided by adult care workers depends upon the individual needs of each person they support. Services include: home management (Such as shopping, house cleaning and meal preparation) , personal care (such as dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and other routine activities of living), family responsibilities (such as routine caregiving to children) and social and recreational activities.

  • Parenting / Raising Healthy Children – HPC 3O
  • Working with Infants and Young Children – HPW 3C
  • Philosophy: The Big Questions - HZB 3M
  • Food and Culture - HFC 3M
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology – HSP 3U
  • Personal LIfe Management – HIP 40
  • Working with School Age Children and Adolescents – HPD 4C
  • Families in Canada – HHS 4C
  • Human Development Throughout the Life Span – HHG 4M
  • Challenge and Change in Society – HSB 4U
  • Nutrition and Health - HFA 4U
  • Philosophy: Questions and Theories - HZT 4U

Youth Workers

Youth Workers explore parenting, caregiving and social service work as a lifestyle and/or career choice. Social service work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people's lives.

This program prepares students for occupations involving older children, and for the responsibility of parenting, with emphasis on school-age and adolescent children. Students will learn, through practical experience in the community, how early child development affects later development, success in school, and personal and social well-being throughout life, and how children and parents change over time.

Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Education

Child Care Workers nurture and care for children who have not yet entered formal schooling and also work with older children in before- and after-school situations. These workers play an important role in a child's development by caring for the child when parents are at work or away for other reasons. In addition to attending to children's basic needs, child care workers organize activities that stimulate children's physical, emotional, intellectual, morel and social growth. They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self-esteem, and learn how to get along with others.

Child care workers live with the reality that there is no perfect substitute for a family in raising a child; but while parents are at work, away, or otherwise unavailable, responsibility for the care and supervision of their children is a serious concern, and there are great possibilities for personal fulfillment in any career of service to young people. "Rewarding" is how most child care workers describe their jobs, and the joy of helping children grow—both intellectually and emotionally—is one of its most appealing features. Children need to trust and feel at home with the people around them, and the successful caregiver deals with situations as they arise, from health care emergencies to calming a very active child. The ability to provide a solid framework of activity, a flexible outlook, and a sense of caring, fun, and energy, are all important facets of being a good child care worker.

Student Profile


Students who have a strong desire to help others with good communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively

  • Students who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others

  • Students who demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude

  • Students who are committed to the rights of others, especially of elderly and disabled people to live dignified lives

  • Students interested in learning what is involved in adult, youth and child care careers before entering a post-secondary program or course of study

  • Students who wish to focus on employment skills and on practical hands-on skills and applications

  • Students who enjoy cooperative education and work experience placements

  • Students who want to get first-hand experience and explore career options


Exit Path:

Upon graduation from high school, students may go directly into the field of adult or child care worker, continue studies at Durham Continuing Education, College or University.

Adult Care Workers may find employment in a setting in the community such as a long-term care and residential care, a home health agency, in-home service, a hospice agency, attendant care, family care, hospitals, meals on wheels, transportation, friendly visiting, congregate dining, homemaker services, telephone reassurance, Alzheimer programs, supportive housing co-ordination and co-ordination of volunteer programs. Some of these jobs require special training while others do not. It depends on many things about the job itself, such as the type of work done, where the work is done, and who is receiving the care: home care aide, hospice worker, veteran services officer, nurse aide, personal attendant, habilitation technician, medication aide, mental health technician and respite care worker.

Youth workers find employment in a social service setting in the community i.e. camp counsellor, day camp leader, fitness instructor, playground worker, recreation program leader, cultural activities leader, arts and crafts leader, arts and leisure leader, arts and recreation leader, Aboriginal outreach worker, addictions worker behavioural aide, child and youth worker, community development worker, community service worker, crisis intervention worker, developmental service worker, drop-in centre worker, family service worker, financial assistance worker, group home worker, income maintenance officer, life skills instructor, mental health worker, rehabilitation worker, social services worker, welfare and compensation officer, women's shelter supervisor etc.

Child care workers enjoy working with children, and many of them translate this interest into teaching. Many people become teachers, learning specialists, and guidance counselors. Many of them work as child care professionals while young and then go on to a variety of wholly independent careers. Examples include a child care facility, a child care home, a nursery school, a pre-school, a child placing agency, a residential care facility for children, a group home, a foster family home or foster group home, attendant care, family care, mother's helper, hospitals, children's centres, early intervention program, public school aide, author of children's books, children's librarian, children's art instructor, parenting coach, special needs educator, child life specialist, children's TV broadcasting, speech pathologists, therapists, behavioural specialists, nannies and social workers.