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.

Benefits of Early Daycare Experiences as Proven By Studies

daycare in Richmond HillMuch ink has been spilled about the benefits of early daycare. As most articles on the subject point out ‘studies have shown’ that early daycare can make a real difference in the lives of young people. While few who know anything about early daycare and its beneficial effects would quibble with such claims there are those who ask the question “Which studies are you referring to?” In the hope of clearing up any lingering doubts we’re going to use this post to cite several of those previously mysterious ‘studies’ that have found early daycare to be beneficial.

The Benefits of Early Daycare in Richmond Hill and the Studies to Back it Up

Parents are protective of their kids and want only the best for them so when writers start throwing around claims about the benefits of early daycare in Richmond Hill or elsewhere some parents are naturally sceptical. We understand this and so here is what 3 actual studies have to say about the benefits of early daycare.

  • Study 1: Dr. Arthur Reynolds and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota conducted a 25 year study that followed more than 1,000 participants from their preschool years into young adulthood. Reynolds and his colleagues found that study participants who attended daycare programs eventually found better jobs, suffered less drug and alcohol abuse and had fewer run-ins with the law than kids who didn’t attend daycare. They see a direct correlation between the interpersonal and intellectual foundation built in preschool programs and the children’s later ability to navigate challenging situations.
  • Study 2: The Abecedarian Project was conceived and run by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and followed poor children in North Carolina from shortly after birth up through the age of 30. The study divided participants into 2 groups, one which was given high-quality early daycare and preschool and the other which was not. By the age of 30 participants who were provided early daycare were nearly 5 times more likely to earn a college degree than the children who did not receive the early intervention. Incomes were also higher for the daycare group and they were far more likely to have steady employment.
  • Study 3: An ongoing study run by James Griffin of the Institute of Child Health at the US National Institutes of Health has shown that children who received high-quality childcare in their preschool years demonstrated higher cognitive and academic achievement levels as teenagers. The children who received early years daycare were also less likely to act out than children who did not and they also possessed stronger interpersonal skills that serve them well later in life.

As these important studies demonstrate the debate over the value of early daycare is, for all intents and purposes, over. If you’re interested in high quality home daycare in Richmond Hill contact J&F Home Child Care Services. Our experience providing daycare to Richmond Hill families is second to none and can help get your child off on the right foot in life.

Nanny Consulting: Why It’s Imperative You are Able to Communicate Effectively as a Nanny

nanny consulting torontoThe job of the nanny is to provide dependable, top quality, customized care to the children of busy parents. In order to achieve those goals nannies must work closely with parents to determine the child’s emotional, physical, educational and social needs. In order for that close working relationship to develop and flower there must be a solid foundation of two-way communication between the nanny and the parents. In this post staff from J&F Nanny Consulting Toronto provide a few examples of how nannies can cultivate a communicative relationship with parents.

The Indispensable Role of Communication: Nanny Consulting Toronto

Communication is more than just saying “My door is always open”. An ineffectual nanny may always answer your calls but may not have anything of value to discuss when it comes to the progress of your kids. When problems arise in the nanny/parent dynamic it can almost always be laid directly at the feet of poor communication. So here are some tips a nanny will want to keep in mind to help ensure communication with parents is positive, effective and reciprocal.

  • Reach common definitions regarding the word “problem” – Some parents may want to foster a strong sense of independence in their child while the nanny may see an independent streak as being potentially problematic. Coming to a commonly understood definition of what constitutes a problem will help head off future conflicts. Plus, as long as the general parameters are sketched out and understood by both parties there is always room for discussion within a particular area of concern.
  • Always put the interest of the child first – This may seem like a no-brainer but when there are egos involved things can get muddy and the child’s interests can get pushed to the back burner. Don’t blame specific individuals for a child’s problematic behaviour. In order to make positive headway with difficult behaviour it must be recognized that kids are complex amalgams of influence. When parents and nannies work together obstacles can be overcome. When things devolve into fingerpointing it’s the child that inevitably suffers.
  • Your ‘right way’ may not be the ‘right way’ – You may have enjoyed success using a certain approach to a behavioural problem in the past yet find it entirely ineffective with the child currently in your care. In such cases trying to impose the former solution on the current situation is bound to make things worse. Instead, sit down with the parents and devise a mutually acceptable approach based on the child’s inclinations and temperament.
  • Share, share, share and then share some more – If we’ve learned anything from years of nanny consulting in Toronto it’s that there’s no such thing as too much communication as long as that communication is relevant to the well being and progress of the child.

J&F Home Child Care Services draws on our years of practical experience to provide timely, useful nanny consulting in Toronto. Our innovative, affordable consulting services provide real world solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing nannies in an increasingly complex world.


This Months Provider Profile  – Yonge and Sheppard


My name is Magali and first of all, I love children and people!
As a Psychology graduate with a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University, my work experience has been focused on Human Resources, but I have always tried to focus part of my work on children. To so, I worked for an Early Stimulation Program for children aged between 1 and 3. My work there consisted on developing activities to develop children’s abilities at early stages and to help them reach their fullest potential while having fun.  In addition, I did my internship at the Institute of Neoplastic where I provided therapy and support to children with cancer.
I am the mother of two children:  4 ½ Aaron and Nicole who recently turned 2. I love them with all my heart and having them is the greatest gift of all. Raising my children has made me realize how much I love being with children and so I have decided to leave the corporate world and focus 100{724e24d8101cdfd35957fde1c343bb418948c3cb0a7a937710a5372fa4012bb5} of my time on taking care of children.
I want to make an impact on society, I want my work to have value and I want my life to be geared towards providing happiness to children and their families.  I know how important it is to have your child with individuals who truly respect, nurture and care for them. This is exactly what I will provide: support, love and guidance.
I have developed several age appropriate activities and a program that will engage the children to learn while having fun, fun, fun.
Most importantly they will feel respected and cared for as if they were at home. That is the key promise I can make you and your family.
Both English and Spanish are spoken at home and it would be my pleasure to teach your child a few words of Spanish.
I like to cook well balanced lunches and snacks fresh from scratch and I can’t wait to have cooking days when the children can help me bake some dish. Lots of fun.
I live in a great neighbourhood. It is very family oriented and there are 3 parks close by: Tournament Park (which has a playground and is located next to Tournament Park Tennis club); Yorkminster Park and Owen Park (beside Owen Public School, one of the best schools in the area). My house is located close to the intersection of Yonge and 401, so public transportation is accessible and since this is a residential area traffic is never an issue which makes things safer for children.  As a matter of fact, the reason why we moved into this neighborhood was the security and great location of it. There are lots of children in the neighborhood and it is always fun to go for walks.
I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.

Licenced Daycare Spaces available !!!

Hello my name is Simin.
I am a mother of one child who is 7 and a half years old.
Raising my daughter has made me realize how much I love being with children and how much I enjoy their curiosity and eagerness to learn new skills and explore new ideas.
I believe children who are busy with fun age appropriate activities and that have the chance to explore the world around them in a safe and loving environment will grow to be happy, secure adults able to handle all of life’s ups and downs.
I will plan my daily and weekly activities for all areas of development based on your child’s interests and will encourage your child to expand their sense of self-esteem and self-confidence through easy day to day routines. As an avid reader I hope to spend lots of time exploring books and look forward to exciting times playing out their many adventures.
Both English and Farsi are spoken at home and it would be my pleasure to teach your child a few words of Farsi and even Turkish and I look forward to learning a few new words in your language.
I like to cook well balanced lunches fresh from scratch each day and my snacks are wholesome and healthy following the Canadian Food Guide. I welcome your menu ideas and recipes and will enjoy having your child “help” do some baking.
My condominium complex “Crossroads” is located  in Toronto close to the intersections at Sheppard and 404. Public transportation is very accessible and I am close to both the 404 and the 401/Don Valley Parkway. This is a gated, family oriented complex so traffic is limited to residents which makes it a safer area for children.
There are 3 very nice big parks close to my home, Old Sheppard Park, Muirhead Park and Pleasant View Park which has a splash pad for the children in the summer. Pleasantview Library is right beside the park and community center, as well as I am fairly close to Fairview Library and Mall.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child.
Immediate and future Toronto and York Region spots below
Under 2 years 
Yonge and Hyway 7-  (November )
Bathurst and Major Mac  (June )
Bathurst and Centre ( July)
Yonge and Finch (Immediate)
Don Mills and Sheppard (Immediate) **profile
Don Mills and Sheppard near Fairview Mall ( Wednesday and Friday only)
Yonge and Major Mac ( Monday and Friday only space)
Bayview and John ( September)
Bayview and Elgin Mils ( Immediate)
Lawrence and Pharmacy ( August)

Finch and Dufferin ( November  )

Yonge and Sheppard ( December )
Yonge and Davisville ( Immediate)
Over 2 years 
Bathurst and Finch
Yonge and Finch
Dufferin and Clark
Victoria Park and Eglinton
Yonge and Davisville
Yonge and Hyway 7

Our Tips for Interviewing a Home Childcare Provider in Toronto

Leaving your child in the care of a stranger is not an easy decision to make or one that should be made without carefully vetting prospective childcare providers. By quizzing them thoroughly on their qualifications, methodologies, experience and more you’ll be able to feel comfortable with your ultimate choice.

Questions to Pose to Providers of Home Childcare in Toronto

In some cases you’ll know within 10 or 15 minutes whether a provider of home-based childcare in Toronto is a good match. In other cases it might require an hour long interview and several follow up visits. Here are some standard questions to ask that will help you get the process started:

  • How long have you been in business? – While everyone has to start somewhere, when it comes to childcare the more experience the better.
  • Are you licensed? – The law requires childcare agencies to be licensed. If the home childcare provider works through an agency visit the agency and ask to see to see their license.
  • How many children do you care for? – Overcrowding means a higher likelihood of accidents regardless of how experienced the provider may be.
  • What is the child/adult ratio? – If the child/adult ratio is more than 4:1 you run the risk that your child will be poorly served.
  • What about background checks? – Anyone working with children should undergo a thorough background check. Make sure you ask the agency about this.
  • How flexible are you with pickup times? – Some providers levy stiff penalties if you’re late picking up your child. Find out before you commit.
  • What is the sick child policy? – While the effectiveness of banning sick kids is debatable you’ll still need to know what the agency’s policy is.
  • How do you handle medical emergencies? – Is there someone in the home who is trained to handle basic medical emergencies? If not, you’ll want to pass. All agency providers have standard first aid and cpr.
  • Who else has access to the home? – During the hours when kids are there access to the house should be limited. Is this the case?
  • How much time do the kids spend watching TV? – Some childcare providers will flip on the TV and sit back, while responsible ones will provide the children with a range of activities.
  • What type of food do you serve? – The home provider should have nutritious meals and snacks for the kids; not just sugar, fat and soda. Ask do they follow the Canada’s Food Guide.

Other things you may want to ask about include the type of toys and play equipment and whether those are age-appropriate, where and when the children nap, whether there’s any type of CCTV or other video coverage and whether or not you’re allowed to visit your child during the day.

J & F Home Childcare has been providing high quality childcare in Toronto for more than 35 years. We’re fully licensed and dedicated to the well-being of the children in our care. Call us on (416) 494-5898 to schedule a visit or to ask any questions you may have about our full range of services.

Your Child’s First Day of Daycare: Mistakes to Avoid

Leaving your child in daycare for the first time can be difficult for both of you. Young kids don’t always understand what’s going on and fear of the unknown can be intense. Unfortunately, without meaning to, parents will often make mistakes on this critical first day that have the effect of making things even worse. In this post we’ll look at some of those mistakes and how to avoid them.

Ensuring an Easy First Day of Daycare in Thornhill

In order to make the transition from home care to daycare in Thornhill as painless as possible try to avoid these common first day mistakes.

  • Not Leaving Enough Time – Rushing out of the house at the last minute will only turn an already stressful situation into a truly uncomfortable one for everybody. Wake up a little earlier than normal and leave plenty of time to get to the facility at a relaxed pace.
  • Dropping and Running – Don’t just drop your child at the door and head to work. Leave enough time so that when you get to the facility you have a few minutes to help him or her get settled in. When it’s time to go however, make sure to avoid a long teary goodbye.
  • Seeming Nervous or Distrustful – Kids are remarkably perceptive. If your child detects that you don’t trust the daycare staff that mistrust may rub off on them. Make sure to exchange some pleasant banter with the staff so that your child senses things will be okay after you leave.
  • Detaching – Some parents find the experience of leaving their child in daycare for the first time so unpleasant they detach emotionally and go through it in a sort of zombie state that can be confusing to their child. Stay engaged. Your child will be looking to you for cues.
  • Micromanaging – Some parents will go in the opposite direction and try to micromanage everything. This can cause uncomfortable interactions with the staff and embarrassment for the kids. Let your child figure some things out on their own. Everyone will be better off for it.
  • Letting Nerves Get the Best of You – Parents are human and as humans they sometimes say things when they’re nervous that they later regret. If you’re nervous about leaving your child at daycare for the first time simply acknowledge it and strive to maintain a positive tone. Your child will be the beneficiary of your restraint.

Parents across the GTA have relied on J & F Home Childcare for more than 30 years. They’ve come to trust our process, our daycare providers and our unwavering professionalism. If you’re in the process of looking for daycare in Thornhill for your child or children J & F Home Childcare should be at the top of your list. Call us on 416-494-5898 and schedule an appointment to come by and talk to our childcare professionals. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision that’s in the best interest of your entire family.


Licenced Day Care Space Yonge and Major Mac


This Months Provider Profile: Yonge and Major Mac
A space has just become available at Mahnaz’s daycare at Yonge & Major Mackenzie. This is an opportunity for your child to enjoy days filled with fun, creative, stimulating and educational activities. Mahnaz, with 8 years of daycare experience stresses safety in the large daycare space dedicated just for the children, allowing them to explore and move about freely.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.


Pictures below are of her space

The playground is brand new just finished more toys to come




If you would like to have a detail of the person at the location please feel free to email me

( All providers must have their first aid/cpr training updated every  two years. Child care courses are also upgraded monthly)

 All providers and family members must have a criminal reference screening and medicals in place. Home inspections are done monthly.


If you are interested in having an interview please contact us below or fill out an application on our website if you have not done so.
We are also looking for new providers in the Yonge and Sheppard area if you know of anyone looking to join such an exciting position please pass our information to them. If you refer a parent or provider and they come on with us you receive a *$50.00 bonus please tell them to add your name to the application form.