July 7th Daycare Tour Yonge and Major Mackenzie

HOME CHILD CARE

OPEN HOUSE

Enjoy a tour of your neighbourhood’s local child care

First 25 people get a gift

Saturday July 7th

10:00 – 1:00

Mahnaz’s Home Child Care
Corner of Elmwood Ave & Ruggles Ave

Major Intersection – Yonge & Major Mackenzie

Look For Open House Signs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for providers to join our network

Are you already providing care? Are you looking for a career in child care are you home with your little ones living in Toronto, Thornhill, Richmond  Hill or Scarborough  how about becoming a provider?

You can set your own contract, including rates and payment for absent days
You choose your own hours and days that you would like to operate 
You can potentially care for 5 children under the age of 13 
You decide which families and children you wish to welcome into your home
We provide support to you and the children through visits and safety checks 
We offer one on one assistance and support for dealing with challenging situations or issues with a child or parent 
You have access to training including First Aid and CPR
We connect you with other providers and host celebratory events – you are part of a community 
You will receive a regular newsletter and lots more

Contact us if you are interested to find out more about becoming a provider and work from home 416 494 5898

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Space available for Infant Major Mackenzie and Rutherford

Gul, trained in First Aid and CPR, has over 21 years of experience working with children as a Early Childhood Educator and a school teacher. Gul is a warm, welcoming and nurturing caregiver whose extensive experience includes over 8 years with Ontario Early Year Centres, facilitating numerous programs, including Family Time, Tot-Stop, Parent-Child Mother Goose, Babies on Play Land, Creative Movement, Story Time, Sing-able Story, Cooking to Learn, Sing & Sign, Stroller in Motion and Infant Action. Gul incorporates these programs, specifically geared toward different aged children into her daily activities. Her spacious home has a dedicated daycare room that offers the children an environment of learning, creativity and fun. The children enjoy a reading area with a large selection of books, dramatic play, house center, musical instruments, parachute play, as well as a large selection of educational toys. The children in Gul’s care enjoy nutritious homemade lunches and snacks, outdoor play twice a day (including trips to the park and picnics), puppet shows, story time, as well as daily music and dance to enhance their creativity and growth. Gul’s goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for each child that will stimulate their cognitive, social and emotional growth at their own pace

 

Daycare Space Available Keele and Sheppard

VIVETTE
Residing at residence for over 10 years in the Keele and Sheppard area.
Over 10 yrs experience taking care of babies,toddlers,pre-schoolers.
C.P.R and First aid trained.
Police clearance.
Diploma in Community Service worker .
Children in my care learn many things like the alphabet,names ,numbers & history ,fun and games activities   We engaged in activities such as drawing ,painting ,crafts & arts.
I take the children to toddler time at the library near by.
I love children I am a mother, grand-mother, aunt I am surrounded by niece and nephews during family times.

I look forward to meeting your child.

 

Child Care Space Available

Hello my name is Numaya.
I live in a very spacious home at Bellamy and Eglinton area in a safe community, conveniently located close to the TTC and Go Train station.

There are lovely open green spaces with walking trails for us to explore and have adventures. We can take advantage of special reading time and the big comfy couches at the library which is a short walk away. Our neighbourhood also has an Ontario early years centre that we can also visit.

I have experience with infants to school aged children. I live in a happy environment with healthy home cooked meals and snacks each day. I have a 21 month old now who is wonderful with other children.

On a daily basis there is a new activity or learning opportunity that we do according to the different ages and developmental level of the children. I enjoy doing lots of arts & crafts with all age groups. I have a large room for children to play. I can also take children to the neighbourhood playground which is across from my own backyard.

I have a diploma in child Psychology, infant and child first aid and cpr. I have also taken degrees in business administration and paralegal services.

I enjoy being with children watching them grow, learn and develop new skills through exploration.
I would love to meet with you and your little one soon.

Yonge and Major Mackenzie Daycare Space

Mahnaz’s home daycare located at Yonge and Major Mackenzie, is an ideal environment for children to enjoy fun, creative, stimulating and educational activities. Mahnaz stresses safety in the large daycare space dedicated just for the children, allowing them to explore and move about freely.
Mahnaz who has 10 years of daycare experience, has completed a Child Growth and Development Training Program and attends workshops, to upgrade her skills. The most workshops were Baby Sign Language, Communication, and Speech and Language. She has her First Aid/CPR certificate.
Mahnaz’s multi age program:
  • Supports the developmental needs of each child on an individual basis, working together with the parent
  • Takes advantage of a library within walking distance
  • Encourages life skills such as putting away toys, eating and dressing independently, toilet training as well as, helps them develop strong social skills
  • Reflects the importance of positive self esteem
  • Includes story time, painting, drawing, music , block play, puzzles and circle time
  • Offers nutritious homemade lunches and healthy snacks
With Mahnaz’s experience with children from infancy to school age and ability to promote and support their physical, emotional and intellectual development, the children are prepared to enter junior kindergarten, with confidence and an eagerness to learn.

Home Day Care service in Toronto Cheaper Than Regular Day Care

For millions of Toronto parents, the need to provide day care for their children is a struggle. Some simply cannot afford the rising prices of day care, and are now seeking to utilize the alternative of a home day care service.

The cost of sending a child(ren) to regular day care is highest for infants.

“In Toronto, infant costs average at $1,649 per month, which adds up to $19,788 a year (more than twice a university tuition). The surrounding suburbs of Markham and Vaughan are comparable at $1,454 and $1,363 per month respectively…”

In 2015, the federal government announced the Universal Child Care Benefit of $160 per month, which although helpful, certainly does not provide any substantial economic relief or support. While this benefit may be helpful to parents in many parts of the country, it does not give much relief to parents in Toronto.

“Parents of Torontonian babies will get less than 10 per cent knocked off their monthly child care bill — the median tops $1,676.”

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives @ccpa compared child care costs in all of Canada’s major cities, and Toronto is the highest in the nation. In a 2015 report by The Centre, 89{724e24d8101cdfd35957fde1c343bb418948c3cb0a7a937710a5372fa4012bb5} of Toronto’s day care facilities maintained a waiting list. However, in Ontario, it is illegal to charge fees to remain on the wait list (a practice that was previously common). This places substantial pressure on parents to procure a suitable space for their child(ren). This same report concludes the following:

“Affordability has been identified as a likely principle that will have a role in shaping child care policy across Canada, as the evidence shows that affordable, high quality early learning and child care continues to be a possibility only for a lucky minority of Canadian families in 2016.”

This economic problem may have a solution in home day care, a licensed home day care is a preferable choice among parents. A provider working from their home day care can be affiliated to an agency which is licenced.
If a Provider is with an agency like J&F Home Child Care they are allowed 2 children under two and 4 over two years of age if they are working with an agency. All caregivers must be over eighteen and certified in first aid/ CPR.

To assist parents in the decision-making process, the City of Toronto @TorontoComms provides a locator assessment services on the city’s website

“Canada-wide, the average increase in toddler fees since 2014 was 8{724e24d8101cdfd35957fde1c343bb418948c3cb0a7a937710a5372fa4012bb5} ($53 a month) compared to inflation of 2.5{724e24d8101cdfd35957fde1c343bb418948c3cb0a7a937710a5372fa4012bb5} over the same period. In other words, since 2014, toddler fees have risen nationally three times faster than inflation.”

In Ontario, J & F Child Care Services have been a provider of home day care services for over thirty seven years. From their perspective, home day care services offer parents and their children several advantages:
A reminder of home – home day services provide an environment that reminds children of their own home. This may ease tension and stress which children can experience in an unfamiliar setting.
The personal touch – the home owner can create a personalized environment to stimulate the children and make them feel at ease. This is also important for children who have special needs.
Smaller ratios – these home day care services tend to have a smaller ratio of providers to children. This enables them to provide more personalized care and attention.
Lower turnover rate – home day services tend to have a lower rate of turnover and this creates less chaos and uncertainty for children and parents.
Time flexibility – home day care services tend to be more flexible with drop off and pick up times which is a distinct advantage for parents, especially working and single parents.
Personal feedback – home day care Providers can more easily arrange feedback sessions with parents, where public day care services have far too many responsibilities and children to meet one to one with parents.

In a city where regular day care services are hiking up their fees because it also costs them more to operate, home day care services are offering a positive alternative. The majority of home day care providers are also parents and therefore, more likely to understand the challenges faced by today’s parents. The decision regarding day care is one of the most important facing parents. It is vital to select a qualified home day service owner, someone who has a high degree of experience, and comes with excellent credentials. As with any other service, parents need to take their time and visit as many home day cares as they can prior to making their decision. They will likely come with lower costs and additional benefits as mentioned in this article, but it’s crucial to ensure they also come with the ability to provide the child with the proper care.

The likelihood is that a child who is taken care of in a home day care service will suffer from fewer healthcare problems due to the fact of fewer children. They may also benefit from the presence of mixed aged groups which aids in the development of their social interactions. However, it’s also critical to ensure that they have proper security, a substitute in case they fall ill, and the ability to address all the parents’ concerns.

Here is one of the reasons why this decision is vital to a child’s well-being:

“Studies have shown that positive and negative effects of child care have proven to be long lasting. Infants and toddlers in poor-quality care are more likely to become less compliant and self-regulated pre-schoolers, while high-quality child care programs help children do better in kindergarten and beyond… Regardless of whether you go with a home daycare or a child care center, look for a high-quality program that is licensed, has low teacher-to-child ratios, offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and has trained and experienced caregivers who will be invested in your child”

Licensed Home Daycare: What Credentials and Certifications Should They Have?

licensed home daycare in TorontoStill unsure about the impact of the new Child Care and Early Years Act on your child?  You’re not alone. There’s been a lot of confusion about how the legislation affects Toronto’s licensed home daycares, and we’re here to clarify. We’ll show you the main credentials and certifications a licensed home daycare should have here in Toronto.

Ontario’s new standards for licensed Home Daycare

Here’s what’s behind that green “Licensed by Ontario Ministry of Education” decal:

  • Vulnerable sector screening: All licensed home daycare and agency staff must be screened for criminal convictions. It’s an obligatory part of working with vulnerable children, and you’re saved the trouble of conducting this check yourself. Updated every 5 years, with a mandatory annual offence declaration, it’s a reassuring guarantee that those caring for your child have clean records.
  • First Aid training: It can be hard leaving your child with others, but knowing they’re fully equipped to handle emergencies will take away some of that worry. All licensed providers must undergo Pediatric First Aid with child and infant CPR training. On top of this, they are required to have a clear, straightforward process for notifying you of any incident or accident affecting the health and safety of your child.
  • Program Statement: Home Daycare is a place for your child to play and learn. To facilitate this, their days should be structured and stimulating. And that’s why the Ontario Ministry of Education requires licensed home daycare providers to publish a program statement in line with the province’s “How Does Learning Happen?” report. It’s a compilation of the latest research on early childhood learning and development, so compliance with these guidelines sets a high standard for your child’s curriculum. When considering Home Daycare options, it’s a good idea to have a look at their Program Statement to see if it’s a match for your child.
  • Qualified staff: Licensed home daycare providers in Toronto are not strictly required to have any formal qualifications related to childcare. Many are mothers with a love of children— which can’t be taught. But qualifications and formal training can prove a real enhancement to Home Daycare. Look out for credentials like a Diploma in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor in Early Learning Development. And ask about any ongoing educational development courses.

There’s nothing more important than knowing your child is safe and well cared for. And awareness of regulatory childcare standards can go some way to giving you peace of mind. J&F has worked with Toronto’s best home daycare providers since 1979. We take our responsibility to you and your child seriously—that’s what’s kept us in business so long. We ensure that our licensed home daycare providers don’t just meet Ontario’s regulatory standards, they exceed them.

So if you’re searching for exceptional daycare, fill out our parents application form or speak to our friendly Childcare experts by calling 416-494-5898 today.

Licensed spaces at Bayview and John

Bayview and John

Priscilla has been a home daycare provider for over 10 years and has personal experience of being a stay at home Mother raising two children of her own who are both now happily married.
Over the years Priscilla has mastered the art of care giving by nurturing children from infancy to school age.  Priscilla takes pride in what she does by teaching her Children life skills learning how to crawl, walk, read, write and care for each other.  Priscilla loves to cook and her home cooked nutritional meals are what keep her kids going all day.
She believes each child should have room to wonder, learn and play. Priscilla encourages daily routine and stimulates all five senses in a Childs development. Her daily activities including reading time, singing and dancing, afternoon quiet time, outdoor walks, playtime with puzzles, games, arts and crafts!
Her training is ongoing as she has been certified in First-Aid & CPR, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory and Science Ideas, Child Abuse Awareness, Fire Prevention, Effective Communication, and Healthy Eating for young children.
Priscilla has experience working with Children of all ages, ethnicities, cultures and developments.  Her love for what she does is proven time and time again, just ask her referrals!

Daycare Consulting Advice: Our Top Ten Daycare Insights from Years of Experience

daycare consulting TorontoAt J-F Daycare we’ve been in business since 1979 and have learned many things along the way; some of them wonderful, some of them… well, let’s call them ‘insightful’. Yet everything we’ve learned has been worthwhile, enhanced our ability to do a better job and provided us invaluable experience we’re now happy to pass along through our daycare consulting in Toronto.

A Bit of Free Daycare Consulting in Toronto With Our Top Ten List

In the best daycare spirit of sharing then here is our list of top ten insights we’ve had into providing daycare services, in no particular order.

  1. Nap time drop offs are not a good idea – Having one child awake during nap time creates nothing but other awake children. Nap times are also your chance to catch your breath.
  2. Make sure everyone’s on the same nap schedule – Allowing children to nap at different times is like allowing kids to be dropped off during nap time. Nothing useful will come of it.
  3. Stick to your own schedule – Extending hours to accommodate families with unconventional schedules will burn you out in short order. It’s just not worth it.
  4. Stick to the meal/snack schedule – It should be in your contract that you’re not obliged to feed children who are dropped off after breakfast. Allowing outside food is also a no-no.
  5. If a child or parent makes you uneasy say ‘no’ – If one or both parents are rubbing you the wrong way or the child seems like they’re going to be a handful say “No thanks”.
  6. Protect yourself in any contract – Make sure you always reserve the right to terminate the contract at any time without explanation or penalty in case a relationship goes south.
  7. Make sure to take time off – Daycare providers are a hearty lot. But even the most dedicated, daycare provider will occasionally need more than the weekend to recharge their batteries.
  8. Make sure every child is accompanied by a contract – Within every batch of kids will lurk one parent determined to make your life difficult. In cases like this your contract is your lifesaver.
  9. Insist on payment in advance – If you work for yourself you should always make sure you get paid in advance. If you haven’t been paid by the time the child shows up at the door – no matter how sincere sounding the excuse or how lovely the child – don’t accept them.
  10. Enjoy yourself – Most daycare providers love kids and yet peripheral issues can cause them to lose track of why they got into daycare in the first place. Make sure to remind yourself on a daily basis that you’re doing what you love to do and try not to focus on negative stuff.

J&F daycare consulting Toronto is an offshoot of our signature home child care services and allows us to help raise the standard of childcare across the GTA by putting our many years of experience to work for others. If you’d like to learn more about our daycare consulting in Toronto give us a call or fill out the contact form on our website.