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? – Seek out experienced providers, Early Childhood Educators, Early Childhood Assistants and supported providers if they are new.
- How many children do you care for? – Ask for the providers maximum group size. Agencies and Daycare Consulting Services can decide on size of the group these decision are based on how experienced the provider may be and the size of the space.
- What about background checks? – Anyone working with children should undergo a thorough background check. If this isn’t the case you’ll want to take a pass. Daycare Consulting Services ensures the providers and any family members over the age of 19 are checked.
- How flexible are you with pickup times? – Some providers have a late fee if you’re late picking up your child. Find out before you commit.
- What is the sick child policy? – Ask the provider what the health policy is, if there is not health policy you may want to find someone else.
- How do you handle medical emergencies? – Ask them to show you their First Aid and CPR training. Daycare Consulting Services and Agencies require this.
- Who else has access to the home? – During the hours when kids are there ask who will be home.
- How much time do the kids spend watching TV? – Ask about TV time and how much is used for what purpose.
- What type of food do you serve? – The home provider should have nutritious meals and snacks for the kids; Providers follow Canada’s Food Guide.
Other things you may want to look for is the type of toys and play equipment and whether those are age-appropriate, where and when the children nap. What they do on bad weather days etc.
Call us on (416) 494-5898 to schedule a visit or to ask any questions you may have about daycare.