Choosing Quality Care
Here are a few suggestions to help you choose quality care for your child:
- Is the centre Licensed and or Accredited? If not, why not?
- Do the staff have training in Early Childhood Development? What level of training do they have?
- Level 1 / Child Development Assistant indicates they have taken a 50 hour course
- Level 2 / Child Development Worker indicates they have a Certificate in Early Childhood
- Level 3 / Child Development Supervisor indicates they have a minimum 2 year Diploma or a Degree in Early Childhood Development
- Exemptions may be granted by the Government of Alberta for said classifications, please refer to http://humanservices.alberta.ca/family-community/child-care-providers-staff-certification.html
- Is the atmosphere friendly, stimulating, and inviting for the child? Do you as a parent feel welcomed?
- Are the rooms and play areas clean?
- Are the toys developmentally appropriate for the children using the classroom and easily accessible to them?
- Are the staff actively engaged in respectful conversations and activities with the children?
- Is play initiated by the children?
- Are meals and snacks nutritious and appealing?
- When you read the planning sheets, does it look like a day your child would enjoy?
- Are the children directed in a positive manner, or do they hear “no” a lot?
- Read the centre’s Behaviour Guidance / Discipline Policy to ensure that you are comfortable with it.
- Read the most recent licensing inspection report (should be posted in a visible location) and see if any violations are noted.
- Read the most recent health inspection report (should be posted in a visible location) and see if there are any health or safety infractions noted.