Working with Children in your Home


Working with children can be a satisfying and fulfilling experience.  The joy of helping a child take his first step, and the warm feeling of cuddling a sleeping child, are experiences we all treasure.  Watching children grow and develop, and teaching and nurturing them, is very rewarding.  Even on a bad day, when everything seems to go wrong, a child can do or say something that can make you smile.  Taking care of children in your home allows you to spend valuable time with your own children, while earning regular pay.



Is Home Childcare for You?


Operating a home day care is a rewarding but demanding task, that requires a firm commitment.  Before making this important decision, be sure that you have, carefully, considered how child care will impact your family, your home, your earnings, and yourself.


The following are some of the questions you should ask yourself, before making the commitment to child care as your career choice.


  1. Will I enjoy caring for other people’s children?
  2. Can I tolerate extra mess and clutter in my home?
  3. Is my family supportive?
  4. Can I handle a potential emergency?
  5. Will I be able to work 8-10 hours per day?
  6. Can I be assertive when I need to be?
  7. Will I be able to work without adult co-workers?
  8. Can I accept differences in family lifestyles and attitudes?
  9. Do I have sufficient space to accommodate children?
  10. Do I have a variety of toys for various ages of children?
  11. Is my own health and that of my family good?
  12. Do we have enough household income to accommodate the possibility of fluctuations in child care income?


TotLot Training


TotLot offers our Providers informal one-on-one training, as well as workshop opportunities on a variety of topics, such as:


  • Nutrition
  • Behaviour Management
  • Child Development
  • Play
  • Crafts
  • Communication
  • First Aid/CPR


Providers can also call on our experienced Child Care Advisors for guidance, advice, resources, and assistance dealing with any issues (i.e. behavior management, toilet training, etc.).  Our, quarterly, newsletter is full of current, relevant information, and fun craft and activity ideas!