5 Things You Need to Know

 

As a parent, choosing who to trust to help care for and educate your child when you can't be there is a really difficult decision.  We get it.  There are alot of options out there and we want you to understand some of the essential considerations that make a quality licensed child care provider a great choice.  

 

1.  Accountability

 

Ministry of Education

As a licensed child care centre we are guided by the regulations outlined in the Day Nurseries Act of Ontario.  This regulation outlines the minimum standards a facility must maintain in order to maintain a license which is provided by the Ministry of Education.  Each site in randomly inspected on an annual basis to ensure these standards are maintained.  A copy of any licensed child care centre's annual licensing summary report can be found online at http://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/LCCWWeb/childcare/search.xhtml by entering your criteria, selecting a centre and clicking the date of last insspection beside "Licensing Summary".  This information also needs to be posted in the entrance of every licensed child care facility.  If you don't see a license the facility is not subject to any of the following quality control and safety meassures and how it is operated is up to the discretion of the individual caregiver. 

 

Ontario Building Code

Before we can qualify for this license we have to meet local zoning and building code bi-laws and under go a building inspection to ensure our facility meets the most up to date regulations and building standards.

 

Fire Department 

We have to pass an inspection by the Fire Department to ensure we have all the proper fire and life safety systems and a properly prepared fire and emergency evacuation plan.  This inspection can be repeated randomly as any time without prior notice so we are required to maintain these standards at all times.

 

Department of Public Health

We undergo quarterly inspections by the Department of Public Health in order to ensure our food preparation facilites and practices meet standards for safe food preparation and handling.  They also inspect our classrooms and playgrounds to ensure we maintain properly cleaning and sanitizing practices in order to reduce the spread of germs and eliminate risks.

 

2.  Qualifications

 

College of Early Childhood Educators

Our Registered Early Childhood Educators are governed by the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.  This professional organization unsures that R.E.C.E.'s posess the essential qualifications before they are able to use this title.  The College sets forth a Code of Professional Ethics and Standards that outlines the way R.E.C.E.'s are to conduct themselves professionally.  It also addresses complaints filed against an R.E.C.E. and maintains a public register where employers and parents can access records of any such complaints made against a member of the college.

 

First Aid and C.P.R. Training

All of our classroom teachers are required to maintain current first aid and cpr certification.  This in depth training ensures our staff are prepared to handle any medical emergency in a calm and professional manner. 

 

Safe Food Handlers Certification

Our cooks and management staff are all certified in Safe Food Handling to ensure they have the most up to date training in safely preparing, storing and serving food to the children in our care.

 

3.  Education

 

Two Year College Diploma

Before someone can register with the College of Early Childhood Educators they must complete a 2 year college program in Early Childhood Education.  The theoretical curriculum and practical work experience placements are deisgned to ensure each graduate has a thorough understanding of child development and their role in fostering appropriate cognative, physical, language and social development in children from birth through 6 years of age.

 

Professional Development

Learning is a lifelong process and with new information coming available all the time we require all of our staff to participate in ongoing professional education.  Our staff attend conferences, workshops, study independently and work co operatively with other community partners to make sure we keep up to date and passsionate about our work. 

 

4.  Support

 

Full Staff Team

In addition to our classroom teachers we have a full team of staff to assist in the classroom when needed, cover staff vacations and illness, to prepare meals and to give staff proper lunch and rest breaks. This ensures the children are always directly supervised and that staff are able to maintain a proper work-life balance so they always have their best self to share with the children.

 

Community Partnerships 

As active members of the Hamilton Early Learning and Care Community we do not work in isolation.  At L.L.H. we are commited to playing an active role in our community and we benefit from a number of community partnerships that support our services and assist us in providing the best possible care for our clients. 

 

In addition to their roles as quality control inspectors our Ministry of Education, Fire Department and Public Health advisors work with us through out the year to answer questions, help us improve our services and handle any situations that might occur. 

 

Affliated Services for Children and Youth provides opportunities for our staff to participate in training and networking with other professionals.   They also serve as community mentors in a variety of areas from how to support a child with challenging behaviours to how to renovate our playground.  They also facilitate Raising the Bar, a community initiate that challenges licensed child care facilities to exceed the minimum standards and strive for excellence in their facilities, staff and program. 

 

5.  Philosophy

 

Contrary to what many parents think, all child care centres are not created equal.  Each centre has their own unique philosophy, vision and beliefs.  It is important to find a centre where you feel comfortable and where you know your priorities are the same as the people who will be spending each day with your child. 

 

You can read more about each specific program in our Flexible Care or Traditional Care menus but the most important things you need to know are:

 

  • We believe children will live up to or down to the expectations you have for them.  We have high expectations for the children in our programs because we believe in their natural talents and abilities and think they deserve the opportunities to show us all just what they are capable of. 

 

  • We support their development through a combination of structured and more free flowing activities with the expectations for their attention increasing as the child moves up through each age group.  By the time they start school they should be able to follow basic routines and directions.  This allows them to have an easy transition to school and not feel overwhelmed, scared or confused.

 

  • We believe that you should be the one to control your childs care and education and our job is to support you as much as we can.  That could be by answering questions and sharing ideas, offering a diverse range of services to meet your needs or just loving your child as much as we can when you have to be away from them so you can relax and look after your responsibilities. 

 

  • We want you to be an active participant in your childs care and education and we encourage your feedback and input.  All of our existing services  have been created out of parent feedback and we are always looking for new ways to support your lifestyle. 

 

  • We don't support the use of media and technology in our centres.  We think children will spend enough of their lifes in front of a screen and it's up to each parent to decide how much their child is exposed to these influences but that's not what you bring them to us for.  You won't find computers in our classrooms or "movie days" on our lesson plans.