WHAT IS AN APPROVED FAMILY DAY HOME? An approved Family Day Home is a monitored home
in your community that has been screened by a Family Child Care Agency to provide
a safe, healthy, stimulating environment for children to learn and develop.
WHAT IS A FAMILY CHILD CARE AGENCY? A Family Child Care Agency is contracted by Regional
Children's Services to screen and monitor Family Day Homes and to provide training,
support and resources for Child Care Providers. Agencies offer a support system to
both the parent and the provider.
WHO CAN USE FAMILY CHILD CARE? Homes are available to infants, toddlers, and pre-school
children whose parents are working, attending school, or job searching. Some Agencies
provide before and after school care.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FAMILY CHILD CARE? Family Day Homes are: screened, approved,
monitored, conveniently located, & offer flexibility in hours of care. The Government
limits the number of children being cared for in homes: this allows for small group
play, lots of individual attention and addresses safety issues. Government Subsidies
are available to parents who qualify.
WHAT WOULD MY CHILD DO IN A FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME? Children in Family Child Care
are offered opportunities to experience a number of age appropriate activities: story-telling,
music, make-believe play, seasonal arts, crafts, and outdoor play. Activities are
planned to aid each child in their total development - Social, Emotional, Physical,
WHO CAN BE A FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDER? Child care providers are SELF EMPLOYED individuals
who genuinely enjoy children, and who contract their services through an agency.
They are required to learn about Early Childhood Development and ongoing training
is encouraged to promote the Professionalism and Educational component of regulated
REQUIREMENTS: All adults in the home have provided a current Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable
Sector Search. Providers have given 3 references that are checked and a Medical Certificate
that is signed by a doctor. Providers must have a current First Aid/CPR certificate
or agree to obtain one during the 90 day probationary period. A home safety evaluation
has been conducted and evacuation and emergency plans are in place.