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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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.




What You Need to Ask a Licensed Home Daycare Provider Before Hiring Them

Interviewing a licensed home daycare provider before you hire them may well be one of the biggest interviews of your life. These people will be responsible for the most important people in your life – your children. For this job, hiring the right person is absolutely critical.

Questions to Ask a Licensed Home Daycare Provider

There are a few obvious questions about licensing and curriculum to ask when you interview daycare providers in the Vaughan, Thornhill and Richmond Hill areas. But if you know some strategies for more probing questions, you will be armed with the best information to make this very important decision. Here are some questions that should not go unanswered.

  1. Can I Stop By One Afternoon During Pick Up Time to Speak with Some Current Clients? The answer to this question can provide you with several pieces of important information. If they say yes, you will be able to get unfiltered information from current references, which is gold when it comes to making your decision. If they say no, you should ask why not. Lack of transparency means there may be something to hide. However, depending on their policies, they may not allow outside parents to visit. If that’s the case, they should be able to show you this in their written At the very least, they should give you references. If something seems suspicious, trust your gut on this one.
  2. What’s a Typical Day? This question will not only help you to understand what your kids will be doing all day, but also if the provider has a plan. A plan shows that they are organized and professional; even better if they can show you a written plan for each day. Lack of a plan is a bit concerning. If they can’t even make a plan for the kids, how do you expect them to handle an emergency? A licensed home daycare provider’s ability to plan can tell you a lot about how they run their operation.
  3. What are the Rules AND the Consequences? These are not only rules for the kids, but also for the parents. A rule is worthless without a consequence for breaking it. Ask what happens if someone breaks a rule and how the daycare enforces it. Decide if these rules and consequences sound reasonable to you. Some licensed home daycares are stricter with rules based on what their clientele have asked for, so it’s also worth asking “why?” if a rule seems unusual.
  4. Can You Tell Me About Yourself and Your Staff? If it’s a larger licensed home daycare, there may be a couple of people working there. You should be able to get a full report on everyone who will be interacting with your children. Ask about background, certifications and daycare experience and decide if these are the kinds of people that you trust to spend several hours a day with your kids.

These four questions will give you a well-rounded picture of the person you may be hiring to spend the days with your kids. Don’t be shy about asking difficult questions, when you drop your kids off on that first day, you’ll be glad that you did.

A Few Tips to Help You Find the Best Home Daycare in Vaughan

You’ve done your research and made the decision that daycare is the best option for your family. That’s great news! But the research isn’t quite finished yet. As any parent will tell you, when it comes to selecting the best home daycare in Vaughan, doing a little extra research will make a big difference to your child’s experience.

How to Find the Best Home Daycare in Vaughan

On the plus side, there are lots of great options to choose from in Vaughan, Thornhill and Richmond Hill. On the downside, these extra options mean you have to do a little more research to choose the best for your kids. With a little extra legwork, you can find a home daycare that is really well suited to your needs. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Set expectations: What are you hoping to get out of the arrangement with a daycare provider? Whether you’re just looking for a place that your kids can have fun at during the day, or a place for them to learn specific skills, there is a home daycare in Vaughan for you. It’s important to look at your own expectations first and foremost before beginning any kind of search.
  • Licensed or Unlicensed? In Canada, there are two types of daycare, licensed and unlicensed. A licensed home daycare provider receives unannounced, regular check-ins from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. They are also allowed to have more than 5 unrelated children in the program. Unlicensed providers have fewer children, up to five, and are not subject to regular check-ins unless there is a specific complaint.
  • Reputation and Staff: This is one of the most important things to look for in home daycare in Vaughan. Ask the provider for references or drop by during pick up time and ask some parents directly about the daycare and its staff. If parents aren’t raving about it, you may want to continue your search elsewhere.
  • Policies and Rules: While some flexibility is important, like when you can drop off/pick up your kids, when it comes to basic ground rules and safety, the provider should be well organized and able describe their policies and provide them in writing. Things like sick policies, emergency plans and parental drop-in allowance should all be considered carefully.
  • Curriculum: The best daycare providers take their curriculum seriously. Some are more specialized, while most are centered around general care and young learning. Either way, the daycare should have a plan for activities each day, lots of active play time, quiet time and if necessary, time for meals and snacks. All of the activities should be age appropriate. Ask for a sample lesson plan so you can get an idea of a typical day

Just a little research will go a long way for you to select the best home daycare in Vaughan for your family. If you make the right choice, you can look forward to lots of art projects, new friends and one tired little kid at the end of the day.

Victoria Park and York Mills Day Care Space Available



With over 10 years of experience, from infants to school age children, Patricia, offers a program that reflects the developmental needs of each child in her care. A warm and caring provider, Patricia has worked closely with children who have special abilities, implementing strategies and activities suggested from specialist. Patricia takes advantage of the various resources in her community such as the Ontario Early Years centre and library programs.  Always adding new materials to an amazing  selection of toys and books she is constantly updating way to increase learning and playing adventures. The children in her care enjoy nutritious daily homemade lunches sure to please even the most pickiest of eaters. Space has just become available in her daycare. This is an opportunity for your child to experience the best home child care has to offer.


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.
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childcare ratios are in home child care are 2 children under 2 years, 1 child 2-3
years of age and 2 children have to be 3 and over.

Infant/Toddler Space Available Yonge Area

This Months Provider Profile: Yonge-Bathurst off Dwery

This provider has a bright space which she has separated from her living space. Sima has two children in care with our agency and she has an under 2 years space available now.

Sima has completed her home child care course and finished volunteers hours at a day care centre before becoming a provider. Sima has decided to serve organic meals in her home. Languages spoke are Farsi and English.

If you would like to have a detail of the person at this 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.

Victoria Park and Eglinton Infant Space Available

This Months Provider Profile -Victoria Park and Eglinton- Daycare Provider – MONINA


I am a certified Early Childhood Assistant and also a certified teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers.

I was a teacher for over 15 years and for the last 3 years I have worked with children aged 6 months to 5 years of age in a daycare setting.

My program would help each child grow socially, emotionally with age appropriate learning opportunities.

My home is dedicated for home child care, and I have created an environment especially for your child’s learning with lots of sunlight and space to have fun and explore.

Healthy food for snacks and lunch, following the Canadian Food Guide will be served and planned with your child’s nutritional needs in mind.

My individual attention, while in my care, will give each child a sense of security and well being at all times.

The bus stop is conveniently located close to at the end of my street at Victoria Park and Eglinton.

I plan a well rounded program designed with your child’s need in mind and encourage independence.

I believe my teaching background and love of children can be of great help towards the development of your child.


( 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.

Licensed Day Care Provider with 27 years experience has space for September

Daycare Provider – EFFIE

Effie a wonderful, warm, caring and creative provider for the past 27 years has a large, well set up area dedicated to her daycare.   Effie is always adding new things to her incredible selection of books, toys, fun and educational games, puzzles for different ages, and musical instruments.

Effie pays attention to each individual child, concentrating on their social, cognitive, language and physical development.

Days are full of music, reading, dramatic and imaginary play, sensory activities, arts and crafts, and puzzle play, there is time for individual  play as well as group activities,

The large environment allows the children to be active enjoying dancing, being a part of a marching band, moving like different animals and playing hopscotch.

Further physical activity is encouraged as outdoor time is an important part of the children’s day. The children enjoy the local parks as well as activities in Effie’s backyard.

Encouraging children’s life skills is quite evident in Effie’s daycare. Children learn how to share and take turns, express their own feelings and understand others, put on their own shoes and jackets, drink from a cup,  and make choices,  Children develop  self confidence and great self esteem.

The children look forward Effie’s delicious healthy, homemade lunches.  The homemade pizza smells delicious and is one of the children’s favorites.

At pick up time, it will put a smile on your face when your child is happy, and says to you, “I had fun”, 


Licensed Care Care Available

Daycare Provider – ROHEENA

Don Mills and Sheppard

My name is Roheena and I am a mother of 3 children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old.

I worked as a kindergarten teacher in Pakistan for more than 2 years before coming to Canada. While living in Ottawa, I opened a home day care with a licensed agency and worked there for 3 years before moving to Toronto.
My passion is to teach children through age appropriate play based activities. following the Elect program and really enjoy doing arts and crafts with the children. I love to hear the giggles and laughter of young children and try my best to convert their worries into joy and happiness through my understanding of child psychology and my many years of experience.
In addition to a M.S.C in Home Economics from the University of Punjab and having recently completed my Early Childhood Education from George Brown College, I have my First Aid and Child CPR training. I enjoy attending the workshops J & F offers and learn new ideas to share with the children in my care.
There are more than 4 parks within walking distance from my home, plus there is an Ontario Early Years Center and Fairview Library close by.
I know 5 languages, English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjab, and Guajarati.
I am ready to work hard and am always learning and expanding my knowledge of children to become a successful Early Childhood Educator.


Immediate spots below for children under 2 years

Yonge and Hyway 7-
Don Mills and Sheppard ( 3 locations)
Keele and Sheppard-
Victoria Park and York Mills –
Bathurst and Major Mac-
John and Bayview –
Bayview and Elgin Mills
Bayview and Steeles
Dufferin and Clark
Victoria Park and Eglinton
Yonge and Weldrick

yonge and major mac- 2+ year old space only
Dufferin and Finch – 2+ year of space only