The Job Content, Context, and Requirements of Regulated Home-Based Childcare Workers
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Contrary to a large and growing literature on center-based childcare workers, we know little about the work and health experiences of those providing childcare services in their homes. This study examines the job content, context, and requirements of regulated Home-Based Childcare workers in Canada. It is based on the qualitative analysis of eleven individual semistructured interviews. These workers perform business administration tasks and more housekeeping and domestic work than those in the center-based childcare, which affect their health and well-being. In addition, they reported factors related to the context and the content of their job such as the high physical and mental efforts, the absence of contact with other adults during working hours, the lack of external help, the exposure to noise and bad odors, the interference of work with personal and family life, the precarious remuneration, and the lack of benefits as potential factors that may affect their health.
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