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.
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.