Choose Child Care
Please find below some resources to help you choose the care that best meeds the needs of your child and family.
Ministry of Education Child Care Information - This is the main page for parents seeking information on child care in Ontario from the Government of Ontario.
Early Learning for Every Child Today (Elect) - Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings describes how young children learn and develop, and provides a guide for curriculum in Ontario’s early childhood settings.
City of Ottawa Daycare Information - The City of Ottawa provides information on options, fee assistance, daycare centres, etc. in Ottawa.
Checklist for Interviews - The CCPRN has prepared a checklist to help parents make an informed choice of the best care to meets the needs of their child and family.
Home Daycare: An Overview - The Baby Centre provides an overview of home daycare, with pros and cons, what the experts think, signs of a good home daycare and more.
What To Look For in a Child Care Program - The National Association for the Education of Young Children provides resources for families, including what to look for in a program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The Association also descibes ten standards for quality child care.
Handle with Care - The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a booklet to better understand how child care centres can better support children's social and emotional development. It may be of assistance when considering a centre or daycare's ability to support your child's social and emotional health.
Building a Partnership with your Child Care Practitioner - The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs provides a number of fact sheets for parents. This one is of particular interest for those selecting a care for their child.
Kids Have Stress Too! Ideas, Tips and Strategies for Parents of Preschoolers - Prepared by the Psychology Foundation of Canada, this resource provides information on understanding stress from a child's perspective and how to manage it. In particular, it includes a section on reducing child care stress.
Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care - Prepared by the Canadian Child Care Federation to support breastfeeding while in child care.