Mariam Stitou

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  • Project title: Caring about licensed home-based child care workers' health
  • Program: Population Health (PhD) (2011-2017)
  • Project Description: It is well documented that home-based child care workers' health requires further research. The few researches about this workers' health were done in Australia and in USA. The findings of these researches have shown that the job tasks related to educational activities, child recreation, physical care and janitorial functions are demanding and increase the risk of exposure to biological, physical and chemical hazards (Bright & Calabro, 1999 ; Slack-Smith, Read, Darby & Stanley, 2006). This leads to sickness leave, implies costs to health care system and affects the workforce retention. Currently, there is no existing canadian research on the health of workers in licensed home-based daycares. Moreover, the number of injuries among these workers is growing year after year and the canadian provincial governments continue covering the health care costs which are increasing at a rapide rate. This research will help measure the health status of workers in licensed home-based family child care in the Canadian context and explain the gaps.