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 for 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 may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

Specializations

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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