What Does a Responsible Adult Do?

A Responsible Adult acts as an assistant in various child care programs. Along with a mature and responsible attitude, responsible adults have well developed interpersonal skills and an understanding of the issues that affect children and their families.


  • Help to provide a daily balance of active/quiet, outdoor/indoor, and individual/group activities
  • Carry out daily activity schedule that incorporates child-directed activity, care routine and transition times
  • Organize space, equipment and materials before activities
  • Assist children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations
  • Use a variety of teaching techniques including modelling, observing, questions, demonstrating and reinforcing
  • Provide opportunity each day for child to be alone or to have direct play experiences
  • Plan and carry out activities that encourage problem solving
  • Provide experiences and play materials that actively promote diversity and acceptance
  • Immediately address problem behaviour without labelling the child
  • Able to build trust and positive relationships with families in the program
  • Act as a role model of appropriate behaviour
  • Effective interpersonal skills under all types of conditions, exhibiting a supportive, positive approach
  • Personal initiative, good planning and organizational skills