Program and Routine - Parent Handbook

The activities and routines offered by a provider vary from home to home. It is important that you speak to the provider to discuss the children’s program that is offered. Providers must complete a daily log which identifies the activities of the day.

Home Child Care Support Worker Home Visits

Home child care support workers monitor the quality of home child care services through unscheduled monthly visits to each home . Every three months staff conduct a safety inspection at each home, ensuring the provider meets health and safety standards and the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.

Our Home Child Care Program is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all children. The goal of our program is to foster relationships that build independence, trust, confidence and positive self-esteem for each child.

The home child care support worker support providers in offering a high quality program where each child is an active participant in their environment. We view learning as a process, where children grow and develop by exploring, interacting and problem solving by:

  • Cultivating authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and the world around them
  • Nurture children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self
  • Provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry
  • Foster communication and expression in all forms

Prohibited Practices

This provision forbids corporal punishment and other harmful disciplinary practices to protect the emotional and physical well-being of children. These practices are never permitted in a home child care environment.

Young children benefit from an affirming approach that encourages positive interactions with other children and with adults, rather than from a negative or punitive approach to managing unwanted behavior. The following shall not be permitted:

  • 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 or in lieu of supervision, unless the physical restraint is for the purpose of preventing a child from hurting himself, herself or someone else, and is used only as a last resort and only until the risk of injury is no longer imminent
  • Locking the exits of the home child care 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 an emergency and is required as part of the licensee’s emergency management policies and procedures
  • 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 needs including food, drink, shelter sleep, toilet use, clothing or bedding
  • Inflicting any bodily harm on children including making children eat or drink against their will

Developmental Screening

As a standard of practice within our operations, all children (birth to five years of age) are screened using a developmental screening tool (DISC Preschool Screen, or DPS) with parental consent

This screening tool helps home child care support workers to identify children who may benefit from additional supports for healthy development. You will be asked to sign a consent form indicating whether or not you would like to have your child screened.

Transportation

Some providers transport children in their vehicles to attend community programs. Transportation is a private arrangement between you and the provider. You must ensure that the provider has the appropriate car seat should your child require one.

Providers are not permitted to transport your child without your written consent. Providers must have current car insurance and driver’s licence.

Rest / Sleeping

Each infant who receives home child care at the premises must have a cradle or crib or playpen that complies with the standards for cradles, cribs and playpens in the regulations made under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, and bedding is required.

For each child 18 months to five years old receiving home child care at the premises for six hours or more must have an individual cot or bed and bedding.

Each toddler or pre-school child who receives child care six hours or more in a day, has a rest period not exceeding two hours in length and a toddler, pre-school or kindergarten child is permitted to sleep, rest or engage in quiet activities based on the child’s needs.

Parents will be consulted regarding their children’s sleeping arrangements at enrolment, at any other appropriate time or upon request.

The Home Child Care Program is required to ensure that Home Child Care Providers periodically perform a direct visual check of each sleeping child. A direct visual check requires the provider to go over to the sleeping child and look for indicators of distress or unusual behaviour.

Parents will be notified if there are any significant changes observed in a child’s sleeping pattern or behaviours during sleep. These will result in adjustments to the manner in which the child is supervised during sleep and documented in the Home Child Care Program.

Infants

Children between the ages of 0-12 months of age will be placed for sleep in a manner consistent with the recommendations set out in the Joint Statement of Safe Sleep; Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths in Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada.

Written documentation from a medical doctor will be kept in your child’s file if you are choosing to waive this requirement.

Overnight Care

Providers will periodically perform a direct visual check up to provider bedtime and no longer than nine hours overnight. If the provider is up during the night, a direct visual check will take place. Each provider has an electronic sleep monitoring device but they are not to replace the direct visual checks of sleeping children.

Outdoor Play

Each child who receives child care for six or more hours in a day, must spend time outdoors for at least two hours each day, weather permitting, unless a physician or parent advises otherwise in writing.

Meals / Snacks

Meal and snack time provide important social experiences for children. Adequate and appropriate nutrition is vital to children’s health, growth, development and well being.

Menus are planned in accordance with Health Canada documents "Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide". "Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide-First Nations, Inuit and Metis" or "Nutrition For Healthy Term Infants" and are varied and nutritious to promote healthy eating from an early age.

Snacks and meals are served at regular meal times. Menu alternatives are available for children who need special diets. Drinking water must be available at all times.

Providers must post weekly menus and these menus are planned in consultation with a parent of the child and the home child care support workers. Daily menu changes / substitutions must be noted. Discuss any special dietary requirements / food allergies with the provider. While providers try to accommodate the needs of the children, there may be circumstances where you will need to provide the food for your child.

For infants under one year of age, parents must provide written instructions regarding the daily food intake of their child. Please be sure to package each item and label it with your child's name. You must complete specialized diet forms in order for the provider to be able to give these items to your child. Keep your provider up to date on any changes in your child’s dietary requirements or limitations. This information will be kept on file.


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