Want to Start a Home Daycare?
Here is why I chose to be home childcare provider.
Faery Childcare and Philosophy Statement: "It is my belief that children learn best with "Play" as the medium; where they learn by exploring while they development of social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical skills. I think it is fundamental to have hope and faith that all children can learn through a rainbow of experiences. I feel that ALL children are capable of steering learning opportunities and enter into care with prior knowledge. Moreover, I believe that ALL children and families deserve the best of care. It is my highest expectation and my personal goal to assist the families and the community in which I live to become an inclusive place where all children can flourish". Lesley Cressman, RECE
The Child care rules under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA), is the first place for any provider to start. A private or a contracted program, having a clear understanding of the why and the rules are the important first step.
So I chose to follow the road a lot of providers do and stay private until all of this sorted out. I am so glad I have chosen to explore on my own while all the systems cleared out the rules and policies. As a RECE, I am able to steer my program based on my interest, the children's and families interests. My program is a more natural program, we are moving more, and more natural with each day. These are thing that are a huge value for my families and myself.
On November 1st, 2018, Faery Childcare became a contract program, under the license of the Region of Waterloo Home Childcare Agency. If you are wondering how that process looks, check out some of my blogs.
Welcome to our play
I love our nature based program and I am proud of where the program is headed. It is a beneficent to be autonomous and to highlight what is important; to my program. It is important to say, I value and follow the rules, and I am proud to have ran a private program for as long as I did, following the rules because it is the right and ethical thing to do.
Now I chose to transition into a contract with the Region of Waterloo for a few reasons the Journey to Signing with the Region, my blog: Access to special needs, the wage enhancement grant, grant funding, the 6th child spot, for my ECE professionalism, and to run a new program call the Home Childcare Community of Practice with a peer of mine Natasha K. RECE, Red River Early Learning and Care.
The Creation of Wooden Blocks
According to the Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario, "Independent home childcare continues to remain the #1 choice in Ontario! Independent childcare providers (ICPs) legally operate within the confines of the Childcare and Early Years Act (CCEYA). It is approximated that only 22.5% of families choose a licensed daycare setting." check out their website for "the multitude of reasons to choose independent childcare."
"The Region of Waterloo is licensed by the Ministry of Education to run a home child care program for children from birth to age 12. Over 350 caregivers contract with us to provide quality care to more than 1,000 children in Waterloo Region." Region website link
I was lucky enough to speak with one of the supervisors and have an amazing conversation about what the Region wants to develop with private providers. The fostering of relationships with private care providers is something important. It is our hope, that even though there will be a little bit of paperwork, we hopeful the region, our families and us can come to a positive outcome, where all our needs are met. Please check out a collective list of questions and answers. Any questions coming in will be forwarded to Roger Gilbert (Manager, Region of Waterloo Home Child Care). Mythbusters Link
So far, I started my own home daycare for many reasons.
- I can set my own hours, take on the families that can meet both of our needs.
- I can set my own schedule for trips
- I can create my own paperwork, polices and enrollment forms ir the Region of Waterloo's paperwork
- I can share the resource information in our community with my families
- I can run my program following the needs of my insurance, the laws, my families needs and our needs
- I can follow my own beliefs in curriculum Reggio, Waldorf and Emergent
- It is a taxable business, yes I pay taxes and give receipts
Reggio Emilia Approach, ABC Playcenter
I love being able to explore in our community with the children in our care. This is our adventure to the Rock Spa, in Kitchener, Ontario. We have also planning trips to the lion safari and the Toronto zoo. I believe as long as the parents and I are okay with our trips that is what matters. We travel to the forest, the nature park, the farm, the museum, playgroups and the market. Part of our program is the expectation that our children are capable learners, they can follow instructions and be safe. Which they have done amazing at, based on their developmental domains. It is called safe risk taking, it teaches children to explore safely.
Just some of the rules and policies I follow: trust me there are more
- No more the 2 under two, and up to 5 children.
- Duty to report under Child and Family Services Act.
- High Scope Philosophy of Redirection with the 6 Steps for Problem-Solving
- Receipts for all clients
- The Canadian Food Guide
- Medications and the 5 rights policy
- Duty to disclose if not licensed
- Open door policy
- No Water pool, stream or river/Trampoline use, based on insurnace policy
- Nature discovery
- Field trips
- Car seat safety
While I agree the time had come for the rules to be changed they were truly out of date. I feel that a quality program can be private or contracted under an agency. The program should be exceeding the quality needs: emergent, child lead, free play are essential within a program. There is always a time for cut and paste crafts, but that needs to be after there is an interest into a topic, not just because it is fall and we should pull out the apple file. We all have to do to be a purposeful and ethical provider.
Emergent Curriculum: Forest Schools
Saying goodbye is never easy, children grow, they move on to kindergarten which we expect.
Thanks for reading a little bit about how Faery Childcare came to be. Being a professional means I need to work ethically, under the Early Learning and Care umbrella, and following the College of ECE expecations.
Lesley Cressman, RECE