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Hostel Parent

Hostel Parents provide care and supervision for children and young people living in residential facilities such as boarding school residential colleges and hostels.

Overview

Hostel Parents provide care and supervision for children and young people living in residential facilities such as boarding school residential colleges and hostels.

Day-to-day

  • plans and implements programmes of supervision and care for children in residential care
  • supervises and arranges activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in residential care
  • wakes children and ensures they are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • supervises children during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • maintains discipline, enforces regulations and behaviour standards, compiles disciplinary reports and assists in implementing remedial measures.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

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To become a Hostel Parent

  • You usually need experience caring for children to work as a Hostel Parent. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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