Whether you are thinking to buy an existing child care or creating one from scratch here are somethings you need to know
- You must first choose a prospective location and survey the area to be certain there is a need for your service
- Check with the Zoning Department in your municipality to make sure that the area is zoned for “daycare” use.
- Download and review the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) and Child Care Licensing Manual to understand what is involved while you are licensed.
Do I Need a Child Care Licence?
The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) requires any premises that receives more than five children under the age of 13 years for temporary care and guidance in Ontario to be licensed by the Ministry of Education.
On average, it takes 4 months to transfer a child care centre as a share sale or home child care agency. However, to open a new licensed child care centre or home child care agency it can take more than a year. Time will vary depending on a number of factors, including;
Incorporating a corporation for a profit or non profit
Developing policies and procedures and a parent handbook
Obtaining all required approvals for Ministry of Education, Fire and Health departments plus building approvals
Renovations and/or construction
Obtaining a police records checks for Directors and Staff
Purchasing equipment, toys and materials
Hiring a supervisor;
Recruiting home visitors and home child care providers; (if an home child care agency)
How Do I Apply for a Licensed Child Care Centre/Home Child Care Agency licence?
Operators across the GTA have relied on Daycare Consulting Services for help with this process. They’ve come to trust our services and our unwavering professionalism. If you’re in the process of looking to open daycare in Toronto or the GTA Daycare Consulting Services should be at the top of your list. Call us on 416-494-5898 and schedule an appointment to talk to us. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision.
Much 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.