It is hard to choose someone to take care of your children. Licensed Child Care Centres (Daycares) and Family Child Care Homes are provincially regulated. There is a Consultant to check such things as the number of children to staff, play areas, health and safety issues, and much more. If you need a subsidy to help with monthly fees, a licensed facility can help you out. Any facility or home that is licensed will have a copy of their license to show you.
It is best to know what you are looking for before searching for the right place for your child. Child Care Centres have a lot to offer including longer daytime hours and mixed groups of children. However, if your child does not like to be around lot of noise or many busy little people, a Family Child Care Home or private child care provider might be a better place for them.
Some Questions to ask:
- What does the caregiver know about child development?
- How many children are being cared for by each caregiver?
- How does the caregiver supervise and manage the children’s behavior?
- Is there a program plan? Ask to see a sample of the daily routine and about what other activities the children may take part in.
- Ask about safety
- Ask about the food served and to see a sample menu
- Ask for references – and be sure to check them out!