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What Is Quality Child Care?

Interaction of the Nine Crucial Elements of Quality Learning & Child Care
High quality early learning and child care (ELCC) promotes children’s physical and psychological safety. It also promotes health and their emotional, social, cognitive, ethical and creative development.

It also supports the family in its role as the child’s primary caregiver and maintains collaborative working relationships with other community services working with the child.

In a quality program, each child feels accepted, understood, supported and respected by the adults, enjoys positive relationships with the other children and generally finds the activities interesting, engaging, and satisfying. Each family feels confident that the program promotes their child’s well-being and optimal development and experiences its relationship with the program as respectful of its culture, traditions, values and goals for its child, supportive of its parenting role and collaborative.

The program is affordable, conveniently located near the family’s home or the parent’s place of work or study and operates for hours that meet the family’s needs. Quality ELCC is provided through a variety of settings including child care centres, family child care homes, preschools, nursery schools, Aboriginal Head Start, family resource centres and other services with group programs for young children. 

Promoting High Quality Child Care

Government regulations that are consistent with the research evidence regarding the optimal number of children per adult, ELCC practitioner preparation, group sizes and the amount of physical space per child provide a basic scaffold upon which to build a quality ELCC program. However, they are not sufficient. As identified by both North American and European research, quality ELCC requires the presence of nine other elements working together in an interactive fashion. These elements are found in the above diagram. 

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Anyone working in licensed child care has to apply for certification. You will find certification information for your province or territory on our child care certification page.

With your resume and cover letter ready (we’ll provide guides for this soon), contact child care centres and introduce yourself! You can call, email, or even message them on social media. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a reply. Try again a few days later to give them your resume in person. Remember that due to safety reasons you need to call first. Tell them you live in their area, and that you’re looking for a position.

On our provincial and territorial map we link to child care associations in your area. Follow the link to your association and join today. The associations provide valuable information to anyone starting out in their career. Even experienced ECEs can benefit. You’ll also enjoy valuable member benefits like discounts, meet other ECEs, and become a part of the child care movement in Canada.

If you join your provincial or territorial affiliate, you’re automatically also a member of the CCCF.

All licensed and regulated quality child care programs in Canada require these for the safety and security of children and families.

If you’re just starting out:

  1. Get certified!
  2. Find the requirements for your province or territory
  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this soon. 
  4. Get your vulnerable sector check and first aid training

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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are incredible professionals that have rewarding, important and demanding careers. They work with young children (and their families), ages 0-12, nurturing and educating them, observing and planning for their growth and development while ensuring that they are healthy. They create interactive and dynamic learning environments where children develop social skills, develop cognitive skills and foster lifelong learning. ECEs work in child care centres, classrooms, home child cares, preschool, and parent drop-in programs. You do not need a teaching degree to be an ECE, but you do need your ECE diploma.

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Annual Membership rate $65 CAD.
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