Choosing Quality Child Care
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Choosing Quality Child Care

Whatever type of child care you choose, the following brochure can provide you with some guidelines to ensure that you are accessing quality child care: Child Care in Ontario.

The early years are an exciting time for you and your child. As a parent, you want to be confident that your child is in a healthy, safe and happy environment that meets your child's needs as he/she grows and learns. There are various types of child care. Each family is encouraged to use the type of child care that will best suit their needs. To assist you in your search for quality child care, listed below is a description of various types of child care to consider.

Licensed Child Care

  • These programs are licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act to ensure the programs meet specific provincial standards for the health, safety and developmental needs of children. These centres may provide care for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children. These programs may be located in elementary schools or in standalone centres.

Licensed Home Child Care

  • Licensed Home Child Care Agencies are licensed by the Ministry of Education. The Licensed Home Child Care Agency contracts individual caregivers who offer child care out of their own homes. Caregivers are screened, approved and monitored by the Home Child Care Agency to ensure compliance with provincial requirements as well as the policies and procedures of the agency. These homes provide care for infant, toddler, preschool and school age children.

Accredited Recreation Programs

  • These recreation programs are not licensed by the Ministry of Education, however they are HIGH FIVE accredited. HIGH FIVE is Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. These programs provide care for school-aged children, i.e. turning 6 years of age during the current calendar year.

Preparing your Child for Child Care

Starting a new child care program is an exciting time for you and your children. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your child with the transition.

  • Talk to your child about the new child care program and visit the site prior to the starting date.
  • During the visit, encourage your child to get involved in the activities and to play with other children.
  • Get involved in the activities.
  • Familiarize your child with the names of the staff who will care for him/her.
  • Explain who will be dropping off and picking them up.