ERIC Number: ED373886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Quality Child Care Choice: Finding and Keeping Quality Child Care Can Be Challenging. Where Do You Start? = Choisir des services de garde de qualite: Trouver et garder des services de garde de qualite peut etre difficile. Du commencer?
Canadian Child Care Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
This booklet offers Canadian parents guidance on finding high-quality child care. The booklet begins by defining quality child care, indicating that child care should support a child's emotional, social, intellectual well-being and that child caregivers are the key to quality child care. The characteristics of quality child care settings are also delineated, including a small number of children with each adult; space for quiet and active times; and a flexible, yet predictable routine. The next section focuses on finding quality care. Parents are urged to identify their needs and priorities, and to take advantage of provincial and local child care offices and community information services. Visits to potential centers and family day care homes are also recommended, and parents are urged to ask questions and discuss hours, fees, discipline, sickness, vacations, and parent involvement. In addition, parents are advised to establish a relationship with the caregiver that is one of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation; to check references; and to write a contract or letter of agreement. Finally, the booklet lists parents' other child care-related responsibilities, indicating that: (1) a three-way relationship between parent, caregiver, and child requires an ongoing commitment; (2) communication is vital; (3) parents should take the time to hear about their child's day; and (4) parents should voice both their concerns and appreciation. Booklets are in English and French. (AC)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship, Check Lists, Child Caregivers, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Family Day Care, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Institutional Characteristics, Parent Responsibility, Parent Teacher Cooperation, School Choice
Canadian Child Care Federation, 120 Holland Avenue, Suite 306, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 0X6, Canada.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Child Care Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada