NC – Choosing a child care facility can be a daunting task. At times the options can seem limited, and at other times they seem vast. No matter whether you’re looking at city run, private or in-home child care locations in your community, there are several things every parent should know and ask.
While many parents may agree that researching a centre and staff is important, this agreement does not always translate into an action. In fact, a recent survey of Ontario parents conducted on behalf of the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) shows that only one in 10 have ever researched the professional history of their child’s educator.
“It’s only in recent years that parents have the comfort of knowing that the educator looking after their young child is a registered professional who is held accountable for their actions – and this is currently the case only in Ontario,” says Sue Corke, registrar and CEO of CECE. “The College exists to ensure that all registered early childhood educators (RECEs) meet qualifications and will practise under ethical and professional standards. It also ensures that parents have easy access to the professional history of all RECEs.”
Parents can visit the Government of Ontario website at www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/steps.html for a list of things to consider when looking for child care, but here are a few questions that can help you to quickly narrow down the list:
- How long has the facility been operating and what is the experience level of the staff?
- Is there an RECE on site?
- What does the overall curriculum include?
- How will information about your child’s development be shared with you?
- What safety procedures are in place?
Visiting a child care facility in person to ensure the environment is safe and up to par, can aid a parent’s decision. Parents can also visit a public register online at college-ece.ca/publicregister to conduct a search on an RECE, verifying their registration status and professional history.