Communication: How to learn more about your child`s day? Are regular meetings scheduled? Will your provider regularly check with you about your child`s progress and progress? Food and feeding: Providers can offer meals and snacks, or they can ask parents to eat for their children. When meals and snacks are provided, look for evidence that the Confederation`s food policies are being followed. If meals and snacks are not provided, look for guidelines for types of foods that cannot be set up (for example, many programs are peanut-free). If you visit a potential child care program, you should get a copy of its policies and procedures. If the provider doesn`t offer this information, ask for it! You want to make sure that you agree with the way your child is being cared for. A child care contract is a document used by two parties when a child care provider agrees to care for the children of a family and the family agrees to pay the provider for those services. This agreement allows the provider and the family to outline the scope of their relationship and describe the specifics of the childcare services offered. This document can be used both by families wishing to use a childcare provider and by childcare providers wishing to provide their services to a family. Alternatively, if the parents follow the agreement, the document can be used as evidence in court that the parents are collaborating with professionals and/or making the necessary changes to provide adequate care for the children. You should have a signed contract with your provider before you start care.

The contract should contain things that you have agreed with your childcare provider. This includes your child`s schedule, the prices and fees you are charged, who is allowed to pick up your child, how the holiday is handled and what you need to do if you want to stop care. Allergies: Make sure your provider is aware of your child`s allergies. Ask your provider how children are protected by allergies. Make sure there is a system in place to inform other staff and volunteers about your child`s allergies. Program: A provider may follow a specific learning or teaching philosophy or a specific program. Make sure learning opportunities are planned every day and that they match your child`s age and development. Parental engagement and commitment: Are parents encouraged to participate in activities? Are there opportunities to participate in the design of program policy, activities and materials? Parental involvement can help welcome, honour and celebrate the cultures and languages of all children. Your participation can build a better relationship with your provider, promote quality improvement, and support your child`s learning and development. You want your child to be safe, healthy, happy and learning, both with you and in the care of others. How you want your child to be cared for is extremely important. If you know your child is being cared for the way you want, you`ll have more security when you`re gone.

It is important that childcare providers and parents formally set out the terms of payment and service charges in their childcare contract.. . . .