It’s back to school for the kids and also for many moms and dads. This is the time of year when demand for licensed child care is very high. Parents that can’t get a space when they need it have a big challenge if family or friends can’t help out. As of July 31, 2017 there are 16,568 children on on the online child care waiting list, of which 11,685 require a space withing three months of July 2017. Depending on age of the child and location, Manitoba parents are likely to find multi-year waiting lists at their preferred licensed child care centre or home child care facility.
If considering an unlicensed home day care provider, by Manitoba law, a person MUST be licensed if they care for more than 4 children under age 12, including their own and any other children that reside in the home. No more than two of these children can be under age 2. One of the first questions parents should ask when interviewing a private home child care provider is the maximum number of children that will be in care at one time. If the answer is more than 4, move on to the next interview, and contact the licensing authority at 204-945-0776 or 1-888-213-4754 (toll free).
You must conduct your own assessment of the private home child care provider’s ability to provide safe, nurturing care that also supports child development. To help, check out these suggested questions to ask a child care provider, which are available in 24 different languages.
Posted by Pat W at 5:07 pm