Choosing the best childcare provider when it’s time to transition back to work is a big decision. Picking a suitable daycare centre can be an emotional and challenging experience for many families. It’s hard to believe your little one will soon be out of the house and under the care of trusted teachers.

To help parents transition from feeling overwhelmed to ready for these next steps, Kids & Company has created some tips for parents looking for child care.

Consider the Environment & Facility

  • Is the centre clean and attractive?
  • What are the hours of operation?
  • Are there days of the year when the center is closed?
  • Does the center offer flexible (part-time and backup/emergency care)?
  • Does the center charge late fees?
  • Are the learning materials and toys clean and kept in good repair?
  • Does the center have access to an outdoor play area?
  • Can parents come to visit at any time?

How is the Curriculum & Programming?

  • Is there an induction/transition program offered?
  • Are there age-appropriate toys that allow for creativity and skill building?
  • What type of materials and resources are available for children?
  • What kind of programs does the center offer (i.e. sign language for infants)?
  • What are the daily routines and how can you incorporate my child’s and other children’s routines?
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Questions to Ask About the Caregivers

  • What are the qualifications of the Director or Assistant Director at the center?
  • What are the qualifications of the teachers?
  • Consider what the child-to-teacher ratios are.
  • Do the teachers provide daily reports?
  • Are developmental assessments done? How often?

Child Care Health & Safety

  • Do teachers and children wash their hands before and after diapering or toileting?
  • Are medications stored in locked containers, out of reach of children?
  • Does the centre accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies?
  • Are there procedures in place to document any accidents?
  • How will staff advise you if our child is sick or has an accident?
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Nutrition – Food & Mealtimes

  • Does the centre provide snacks and/or meals?
  • If so, does this food meet the standards in Canada’s Food Guide
  • What will the children eat and drink during the day?
  • What time and how often do children eat?
  • Do teachers sit with children during meals?
  • Is there catering or is there an on-site kitchen?
  • Is the food additive and preservative free or is the food fresh?
  • Does the centre accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies?
  • Is the centre a tree nut, peanut, shellfish and pork product fee facility?
  • Does the menu expose your child to a variety of foods and flavours?
  • Can you bring outside food?

If you are feeling overwhelmed when choosing childcare, you’re not alone. Many parents go through the same range of emotions. If you feel like your search is going nowhere or you aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help! Call Kids & Company to discuss care options available at any of our centres across the country. Contact us today at 1-866-695-4326 or [email protected]. Find our list of centres at

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