Are you interested in:
|·||Providing family child care in your home?|
|·||Improving the quality of child care you provide?|
|·||Networking with other providers in your community?|
Check out our online resources on the rewarding work of caring for children, or contact us for more information.
We offer the following services to our member caregivers:
To encourage professional development, caregivers have access to the following support services:
|·||Supportive home visits|
|·||Workshop and training opportunities|
|·||Toy/information/resource lending library|
|·||Newsletters about child care issues|
|·||Guidance and consultation on all child care related issues|
The early years of a child's life are vital. Scientists and researchers around the world are now confirming that brain growth and development of infants and young children are deeply affected by their early experiences. The more that we can ensure that these experiences are positive the better off they will be in the future.
This imparts an enormous responsibility on child care providers. They must work with the parent as a partner in their child’s development, respect and support the parent’s ideas, and nurture and stimulate their child. In short, a caregiver must provide quality child care.
Quality child care is where all children receive individual care and attention, learn how to get along with others and feel good about themselves. It is clean, safe and comfortable. There is a quiet space for rest or sleep, as well as both indoor and outdoor play areas and a range of toys and equipment for play and learning.
Quality child care has caregivers who genuinely like children and understand their differences. These are caregivers who recognize behaviour that indicates a child needs help, who are aware of cultural and religious diversity, and who are able to tailor games and activities to the ages and interests of the children in their care. They are also able to build the self-esteem of each child through warm and loving guidance, and are willing to work with the parent to develop common goals.