Child Care Providers Resource Network puts forward solutions that will
help ensure the safety of home child care in Ontario
OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - A recent report by the Toronto Star
(Saturday November 23, 2013) has stated that the Ontario Ministry of
Education was aware of numerous child care violations and has admitted
it failed to look into four complaints against the Vaughan home where
2-year-old Eva Ravikovich died last July.
Home-based child care providers are ready to work with parents and the
Ministry to provide top-quality child care. According to the CCPRN it is absolutely possible to develop a safe, transparent and publicly
managed system of child care in Ontario. This system does not need to
cost taxpayers billions of dollars or levy a huge administrative burden
Ontario child care is in crisis and the safety of our children must be
addressed immediately. We need a child care system that encourages
partnership and empowers everyone to ensure that our children's early
years provide the best foundation for optimum child development.
This system is affordable and would be easy to manage. It can be
affiliated with existing provincial programs such as the Ontario Early Years Centres and above all, it should encourage cooperation between all
stakeholders. We must all work together to build an affordable, quality
child care system that will ensure our children's early years provide
the foundation for a lifetime of growth, development and positive
achievements. This can be done in four key steps:
Step 1: Establish provincial early learning and care health, safety and welfare
standards for home child care.
Step 2: Share these standards with parents and independent home child care
providers through a province-wide public education campaign.
Step 3: Establish a provincial registry of home child care providers to unite
them and connect them to the appropriate provincial support and
resources. Core features should include basic caregiver qualifications,
training and membership in a support network such as the Child Care
Providers Resource Network (CCPRN), ongoing training and resources for
parents and all home child care providers.
Step 4: Set up a voluntary system of accreditation built on a common framework
that will ensure all independent home child care providers provide
optimum high quality care. This program would assure parents that their
caregiver is committed to meeting standards and continuously improving
the quality of the service they provide. Accreditation can promote a
standard of care based on and exceeding the Day Nurseries Act while
incorporating the E.L.E.C.T. (Early Learning for Every Child Today) framework.
Independent home child care providers are accountable for the quality of
the care they provide. They are motivated to be part of a system that
recognizes their uniqueness and empowers them to provide the best
possible care. However, to provide the highest quality care possible,
they also need provincial child care health, safety and welfare
standards, with an emphasis on developmental learning.
Home child care is woven within the fabric and culture of each unique
community. This includes care provided in a family's own home by
nannies or relatives and care provided in other homes by relatives and
home child care providers. By its very nature, home child care adapts
itself very differently in rural and remote settings, in suburbs and in
urban downtown cores.
Ontario's children are our most precious resource and our future. Every
single one of them has the right to the best possible care.
80% of children are cared for in unregulated child care settings. This includes care provided in their own homes by nannies or relatives
and care provided in other homes by relatives and home child care
It is legal in Ontario to care for up to five children (under the age of
ten years old) in the home (in addition to the caregiver's own
About the Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton
CCPRN is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides service to
over 1,200 caregivers, 12,000 parents and 7,000 children in Ottawa. It
is the only organized voice for independent child care providers. CCPRN
is a highly successful model, which could be implemented province wide
for the benefit of all children in daycare. For more information visit
our website, www.ccprn.com
Image with caption: "Independent home child care providers are most working parents' first choice for child care. This is because many see the home child care setting as a more personal, loving, home-like environment where there is a greater flexibility and personalized options that provide children with the close bonds they need. (CNW Group/Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131126_C5055_PHOTO_EN_33852.jpg
SOURCE: Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton
For further information:
Doreen Cowin, Executive Director, CCPRN; 613-749-5211 ext 23; firstname.lastname@example.org