Child Care in Muskoka
Finding child care for a child can be one of the most important decisions a family makes and takes thought and planning. Many families find it helpful to visit a number of child care centres to see what is best for their child. Some families decide that their child would do better in a licensed home child care setting. Whatever they decide is right for their child, there are a few things parents should know about licensed child care in Muskoka.
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Licensed Child Care in Muskoka is high quality. We know this because all licensed child care centres are carefully monitored by The District Municipality of Muskoka Quality Assurance Program. Both centre-based care, and licensed home child care providers must meet standards set out by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services under the Day Nurseries Act. According to the Day Nurseries Act, there are restrictions on the number of children or babies that an adult can care for in a licensed child care centre or home child care setting. Other aspects of licensed child care that are closely monitored include rest time, time spent outside, learning, literacy, health and safety standards and menu planning.
Licensed Child Care in Muskoka is affordable. In fact, the cost of child care in Muskoka is much less than in other parts of Ontario. Families who still find the cost of child care too high can apply to The District Municipality of Muskoka for Child Care Fee Subsidy. This program is based on a family’s income and will help pay all or part of the cost of child care.
Licensed Child Care in Muskoka is good for all children. Studies show that children who attend licensed child care centres or licensed home child care before going to school have better social skills, are better able to handle new routines and are better prepared for the challenges of Kindergarten. Kindergarten teachers say the same thing – that children who attend licensed child care centres or licensed home child care before coming to school handle the change better than their classmates.
Licensed child care will also help connect families with programs and services for their child and many child-focused services will come directly to a child care centre to work with a child who needs extra support.
Licensed Child Care in Muskoka is available. Partners in Muskoka have worked together to provide children in Muskoka with quality, affordable, licensed child care options for children from birth to 3.8 years old, as well as before-and-after school care for school-age children. Every licensed child care provider has its own policies and procedures and many offer part-time care for children under 4 years of age. It is important to plan ahead when looking for childcare – call early!