How to become a House Parent

House parents are concerned with all the tasks relating to the personal care, boarding accommodation, meals, study, recreation and weekend activities of children and adolescents in a residential establishment. They usually live in or near the boarding establishment.

Personal requirements of a House Parent

  • concern for the wellbeing of young people
  • understanding of students' needs and cultural differences
  • sense of responsibility
  • good leadership skills
  • good organisational skills
  • able to work closely with others in a community setting
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Duties & Tasks of a House Parent

House parents: • ensure good behaviour of the children • supervise and arrange activities that promote intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development • ensure living and hygiene standards are maintained • ensure students are attending classes • lend a sympathetic ear to children with problems or provide counselling services • perform minor domestic duties • accompany students on weekend outings.


Boarding School Supervisor

A boarding school supervisor usually provides a similar service to that of a house parent, operating from a school boarding house that provides accommodation facilities for students.

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