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Information for Parents

Our program aims to match each child and family with a compatible caregiver in his/her community. The Home Child Care Program offers high quality full fee and subsidized child care for infants to 13 years of age. Full time and part time child care arrangements are available including flexible hours.

Among the many advantages of this type of care are::

  • the smaller child to caregiver ratio
  • care is available close to your home , school or work
  • All your children can be cared for in the same home
  • You may find a better cultural fit for your children
  • Care is provided in a family home setting
  • Care can be provided during non- traditional hours

 The caregiver is carefully screened through a comprehensive screening process and home location assessment. Screening includes the following: 

  • Criminal Reference Check/ Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Medical
  • Home inspection
  • Written references

Each home child care caregiver must follow guidelines regarding health and safety, nutrition, activities, as well as number and ages of children permitted as set out by Caring For Kids and the Ministry of education. Licensed Home Child Care caregivers are limited to 6 day children. Her own children are included following age and number restrictions for children under the age of 6 years.The home child care caregiver is a caring and nurturing person who offers a stimulating environment for children. We offer support of our team of professionals to the parents and caregivers. Parents can be confident that their child is receiving quality care.

  • maximum of 6 children under the age of 13
  • maximum of only 2 children under the age of 2 (including their own children)

Each home is visited routinely by a Home Child Care Consultant trained in Early Childhood Education who offers ongoing support and guidance and ensures that the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act are met. The child care consultant will monitor and make certain that the physical, emotional and social needs of your child is being met.

Registration Requirements

Families who register with our programs are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $50.00 when they register.

Download  Licensed Home Child Care Application Package.....

Please review the Individual Action Plan- Anaphylaxis ( Fill out if child has an Epi-pen) and Safe Sleep Policy.


The First Day

The first day at the caregiver's home can be hard for you and your child. Give yourself extra time  when dropping off your child. Your child may need time to separate from you. Reassure your child that you will be back and give a time  of day as a guideline (e.g. I'll be back here to pick you up after lunch or during outside time. Always say good bye- never try to sneak away. Younger children may have a favorite stuffed animal or blanket at home. Older children may have a game or toy. Remember to call the caregiver to see how your child is settling.

 


Supervision of Volunteers, Students and other Persons in the Home

Caregivers are solely responsible for each child in their care. Your Home Child Care Consultant and caregiver will tell you who else is living in their home. Students/ volunteers may come to the home. They are directly supervised by the Home Child Care consultant or caregiver at all times. There is no unsupervised contact. You will be informed  if a student is planning a visit in your Home Child Care location. Staff from outside agencies who may visit your child in the caregivers home will sign a Release of Information Form. These staff will also have current criminal reference checks. Your consultant and caregiver will also sign a document to the access of your child. You will also sign the Release of Information form.


Sleeping Arrangements and Supervision

Parents complete the Sleeping Arrangements Permission Form with their consultant and caregiver. The form includes Caring For Kids practices for sleep policy according to the Ministry of Education. It is important that you request for your child's sleep are met. The caregiver will document all visual sleep check during the day when your child is sleeping. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/childhood-adolescence/stages-childhood/infancy-birth-two-years/safe-sleep/safe-sleep-your-baby-video.html


Collection of Personal Information

Caring For Kids only collects information required to provide care for your child. All children's files are kept in locked storage cabinets. It is your responsibility to provide your child's upadated immunization records to Caring For Kids, as this information is required for licensing process. Children's individual files are retained for three years from the date the child is discharged. All files are shredded once the three years are completed.


Child Guidance

Caring For Kids  Home Child Care Program provides a warm caring environment in which each child can play, learn, and grow. Caring For Kids believes child guidance promote children's positive self-esteem, foster strong peer relationships as well as independence and become more aware of  each child's individual learning style and space. Home Child Care Consultant will discuss child guidance principles and methods with the caregiver during each home visit. Caregivers  also have opportunities to learn effective child guidance techniques at workshops and training sessions.

  • Redirection- guiding a child towards an acceptable option when engaged in an unacceptable activity.
  • Limit setting-  boundaries are developed by the Provider for the children as a group or for individual children, depending on the situation.
  • Modeling appropriate behaviour
  • Providing and encouraging choices
  • Anticipating conflict- planning  and having an appropriate environment
  • Positive reinforcement and encouragement.
  • Natural and logical consequences

Prohibited Practices

Caring For Kids wants to ensure each child has a safe and positive experience that promotes their healthy growth and development. Home Child Care Consultants will observe caregiver interactions with children ensuring that they align with our program statement and beliefs in adult- child interactions. The following practices are prohibited at all times in our caregiver's homes:

  • corporal punishment of the child
  • physical restraint  of the child, such as confining the child to a high chair, car seat, stroller or other device for the purposes of discipline
  • locking the exits of the child care center or Home Child Care location premises for the purpose of confining the child, or confining the child in an area or room without adult supervision, unless such confinement occurs during and emergency
  • use of harsh or degrading measures or threats or use of derogatory language directed at or used in the  presence of a child that would humiliate, shame, or frighten the child or undermine his or her self-respect, dignity or self- worth;
  • depriving the child of basic need including food, drink, shelter, sleep, toiley use, clothing or bedding or
  • Inflicting and bodily harm on children including making children eat or drink against their will.

Caring For Kids Home Child Care operates under the regulations set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act.

 


Head Office & Home Child Care

130 Dundas Street East
Unit 207
Mississauga, ON L5A 3V8

Phone: 905-270-3370

The Centre

1110 Caven Street
Suite 105
Mississauga, ON L5G 4N4

Phone: (905) 274-4362

Before & After School Program Office

350 Rutherford Rd South
Plaza 2, Unit 102
Brampton, ON L6W 4N6

Phone: (905) 457-3370 Ext 2