Choosing Childcare

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Saskatchewan’s Early Learning and Child Care Program promotes high quality care for children in healthy, safe and nurturing environments.  Good quality child care services provide a safe, healthy environment and support the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children.

Before checking out any homes or centres, be sure to know:

  • Your needs: For what days of the week / hours will you need child care?
  • Your child’s needs: How can they be met?

Visit possible daycare centres or family daycare homes and discuss your expectations with the child care providers.  Some things to consider when choosing a good quality centre/home are:

  • Does it look clean?
  • Does it feel safe?
  • Do you and your children feel welcome there?
  • How many children are being cared for by each caregiver?
  • How does the caregiver interact with and supervise the children?
  • What is the caregiver’s knowledge of child development?
  • How does the caregiver manage the children’s behaviour?
  • Is there a program plan? What activities do the children participate in and are they developmentally appropriate?
  • Are there toys, books and art supplies for your child to use?
  • Is the caregiver easy to talk to?
  • Do the caregivers have CPR and First Aid training?
  • Is the home/centre licensed by the Early Learning and Child Care Branch of the Ministry of Education?

Remember to ask questions.  The caregiver will be able to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

Be sure to check references before deciding which centre or home to use.

For more information, please visit http://www.education.gov.sk.ca/ELCC-Program

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