Group and School Age Child Care Licensing Policy Statement
Number: P-GCC/SA-24

Programs with four or more paid staff must have written job descriptions for all paid staff, including teens. ( See policy P-GCC/SA-15, Paid Staff.) These job descriptions must outline job responsibilities, and lines of authority and supervision that ensure that youth workers support and enhance the growth and development of children in the program. When youth workers are affiliated with a youth employment program, the youth employment agency must agree to the provisions of the written job description.

If the youth are 16 years or older, they are considered staff members and are subject to all staff requirements outlined in child care licensing regulations. They must always be under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher, lead teacher or group leader.

Youth age15 are subject to the following limitations:

  • They cannot be left alone with children at any time (e.g. to provide bathroom supervision);
  • They cannot be in charge of or direct children's activities, but may be a teacher's "helper" and take part in children's activities as long as they are always in the company of a teacher or group leader;
  • They cannot be counted in staff/child ratios.
  • Before interacting with children, they must receive the standard staff orientation, which includes familiarizing them with the center's emergency procedures in the Health Care Policy;
  • They should be included in all regular staff training.
  • It is strongly recommended that they have a physical examination.

Youth younger than 15 years old may not be employed or volunteer at the child care program.

Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care . Created: March 1, 2006; Last reviewed: January 10, 2008