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Info for Parents Choosing a Family Dayhome

Info for Parents

The Child and Family Services (CFS) contracts with the Agency to recruit, approve and offer training and support to individual Dayhome Providers and to monitor compliance to Family Dayhome Standards.

The CFS monitors the Agency to ensure that standards are met. CFS monitors agency performance by reviewing the operations, activities, records and the care in Providers' homes according to these standards and the terms of the contract.

The mandate of contracted agencies and Approved Family Dayhome Providers is to offer Quality Childcare service in a family environment that meets the needs of children and families within the community.

Agencies:

  • Recruit, approve and contract with Providers who are able and willing to meet Ministry standards,
  • Provide training and support to Providers, including orientation sessions, courses, conferences, workshops, home visits and individual study.
  • Assist parents in finding a Family Dayhome suitable for their child and family's needs,
  • Provide access to the Childcare Subsidy Program on behalf of enrolled parents.
  • Regularly monitor Family Day Home Providers (unannounced) including the following:
    • Daily routine, program planning
    • Physical environment, including indoor and outdoor space, toys, furnishing and equipment
    • Safety, health, nutrition, and emergency procedures
    • Child to caregiver ratio (ages and number of children)
    • Provider performance, including supervision of children, activities, daily routine and child guidance practices,
    • Development of children in care, including interactions between children and between child and Provider.

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Family Dayhomes:

  • Provide regulated child care in a home environment
  • Offer parents the option of formal childcare service in a family home setting where care is monitored to ensure it meets established standards,
  • Parents can access assistance with fees through the Childcare Subsidy program.
  • Ensure that children's health, safety and well-being are protected.

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