Children in high-quality early childhood programs have been found to form closer and more secure attachments with care providers, show more positive interactions with peers, have larger vocabularies, and have better pre-reading and pre-math skills.
Once you’ve visited several child care settings, it’s time to consider how each meets your family’s needs and values.
(It’s also important to thank the other providers, letting them know you have chosen someone)
Starting your child in a new child care setting is an exciting opportunity for them to learn and grow. You share a role with childhood professionals in making your child feel safe and secure during this time.
Here are some ways you can help:
You will want to make sure that you and your child continue to be happy with the child care provider you have chosen.
Always talk to your child about how the day went. Listen to your child’s feelings and be alert for warning signs—such as changes in your child’s usual behaviour—that could indicate something is wrong with your child care arrangement.
Have regular conversations with your provider. If you have any concerns or questions, discuss them with your child care provider and try to arrive at a solution that works for both of you.
If you continue to have concerns about the care your child is receiving, it is important to discuss them. If your provider is a Registered License-not-Required provider, contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Program. If your provider is Licensed, contact the licensing office.