Family Day’s licensed Home Child Care Program is child care in a “family style” setting with flexible hours, family groupings and the opportunity for siblings to be in child care together.
The caregiver develops a well-rounded program for children by combining indoor and outdoor activities. Family Day contracts with caregivers who provide child care for children from infancy to 12 years of age, with a maximum of five child care children (no more than two children under two years of age).
Family Day is a licensed child care agency under the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 (CCEYA). Our Home Child Care program operates in the following areas:
- Peel Region: Brampton, Mississauga, Bolton
- York Region: Markham (south of Major Mackenzie), Thornhill (east of Bathurst), Richmond Hill (east of Bathurst, south of Major Mackenzie)
- Toronto: Scarborough, North York (east of Leslie), East York (north of Danforth)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Licensed Home Child Care?
- Caregivers are screened, approved and monitored by Family Day’s Home Child Care Coordinators.
- The Ministry of Education inspects Family Day and some home child care locations at least once a year to make sure that requirements of the CCEYA are met.
- Fee assistance (subsidy) may be available to eligible families.
- In our Toronto program, Family Day provides integrated home child care for children ages six months to 12 years who have diagnosed developmental delays.
How does a child benefit from Family Day home child care?
- A smaller “family-style” setting can help some children feel more comfortable.
- Siblings of varied ages can attend the same caregiver home
- A child’s individual needs may more easily met in a smaller group setting.
- Children in the home develop close relationships with each other and with the caregiver.
- Children participate in outings to the library, park, Ontario Early Years Centres and Family Day playgroups.
How do parents benefit from Family Day home child care?
- Home child care may be able to accommodate more flexible hours of care which may be required by shift workers.
- On the first visit to a caregiver home, parents are accompanied by a Family Day Home Child Care Coordinator, who assists with the interview process.
- Parents and caregivers work together to develop consistent standards of care and behaviour between the family home and the caregiver home.
- Parents have regular access to resources and support from Family Day staff.
What Can I Expect From a Home Child Care Provider?
- Family Day’s Home Child Care Coordinators provide ongoing support to the caregiver, the parents and the children in care.
- Caregivers have access to ongoing training in child development, first aid, nutrition and programming through “I Care for Kids, I Care for Quality,” a six-part home study guide for caregivers to review and improve the quality of care they provide in their home. Each part of the guide represents a standard of quality based on research and carefully selected best practices to support the healthy growth and development of children.
- Caregivers and children attend Family Day playgroups, Ontario Early Years Centres and enjoy community outings.
- Family Day assists caregivers in providing fun, age-appropriate daily early learning activities for the children.
- Family Day monitors the child care homes for safety and cleanliness, and ensures that all homes are in compliance with the CCEYA.
- Caregivers and all adults living in the caregiver home are required to have a vulnerable sector check; everyone in the caregiver home has appropriate immunizations and a TB test.
- All licensed caregiver homes are smoke-free.
- Caregivers have a current Standard First Aid Infant and Child CPR