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.


  • Helps to provide a daily balance of active/quiet, outdoor/indoor, and individual/group activities
  • Carries out daily activity schedule that incorporates child-directed activity, care routine and transition times
  • Organizes space, equipment and materials before activities
  • Assists children in expressing themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations
  • Uses a variety of teaching techniques including modelling, observing, questions, demonstrating and reinforcing
  • Provides opportunities each day for child to be alone or to have direct play experiences
  • Plans and carries out activities that encourage problem solving
  • Provides experiences and play materials that actively promote diversity and acceptance
  • Immediately addresses problem behaviour without labelling the child
  • Is able to build trust and positive relationships with families in the program
  • Acts as a role model of appropriate behaviour
  • Uses effective interpersonal skills under all types of conditions, exhibiting a supportive, positive approach
  • Has personal initiative, good planning and organizational skills