A quality child care arrangement can enhance your child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Knowing that your child is cared for in a safe and stimulating environment will give you peace of mind and make the balance between work & school and family more manageable. It’s not easy to find quality child care so parents need to allow plenty of time to research options and make choices.
MCCA recommends parents choose licensed child care, to ensure minimum standards of health, safety, and wellbeing are provided. Licensed facilities are monitored and regularly inspected by the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program, Government of Manitoba. Contact: 204-945-0776
Click here to visit the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program.
You can search online for a licensed child care facility at http://www.manitoba.ca/childcare or you can telephone Child Care Information Services 204-945-0776 (Winnipeg) or 1-888-213-4754 (toll free)
There is extremely high demand for licensed child care in Manitoba and an overall critical shortage of spaces. Multi-year wait lists are common in most urban areas. There is an Online Child Care Registry to help parents find and apply for licensed child care in Manitoba. MCCA recommends parents register on the wait list prior to birth or one to two years prior to needing each of infant, preschool, or school age child care. Click here to register: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/parentupdate/index.html
A person can provide private home child care, without a provincial license to a maximum of four children under age 12. No more than two of these children can be under age 2. These numbers include the care provider’s own children, and any other children living in the home.
Here is a link to a Fact Sheet for Parents about unlicensed Private Home Child Care, including what to look for:
Parents are entirely responsible for inspecting the private home child care and monitoring care provided by unlicensed in home providers. The only standards and accountability in an unlicensed home are those established and enforced by the parent utilizing the service.
If you suspect someone is violating the law about unlicensed private home child care, contact Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program at 204-945-0776.
Click here to download What You Need to Know About Licensing Requirements for Early Learning and Child Care Centres
Click here to download Finding Quality Child Care: A Guide for Parents in Canada
Click here to link to a Government of Ontario publication “Common questions to ask a child care provider” that is available 23 languages in addition to English. Common questions to ask a child care provider – in 24 different languages
Click here to download the Science of ECD brochure.
Early years are learning years and the quality of care and environment will affect overall child development. It is critical parents choose child care carefully to ensure warm, nurturing relationships and lots of play based experiences are available.
The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs offering information to parents and child care providers on play and child development. The brochures cover age groups 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-4 years, and 4-5 years.
These brochures are available in 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Vietnamese.
Video: A Parents Guide to Early Child Development