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When relocating to Newfoundland and Labrador, there are a number of childcare options available to parents/guardians who work and/or study. Childcare may come in multiple offerings, which can be used to suit the needs of any family.

• Private Childcare: find a person to provide care in your home
• Place your child in a Licensed Childcare Provider Home
• Place your child in a Licensed Childcare Facility
• Use the childcare centers offered at your place of study or work

Private Child Care

When hiring a private child care provider, it is advisable to gather some basic information including their full name, age, date of birth, address, phone number, if they hold a valid driver’s license, educational, experience, references from previous employers and any additional information you deem relevant. A letter of conduct or background check from the RCMP is also advisable. This information would be readily available if an individual is listed through a Child Care Agency. You may want to interview the potential provider and pose some of the following standard questions:

• What is your babysitting childcare experience?
• What are some of the ages of the children you have cared for?
• Do you have any other individuals that you care for now?
• Do you have your own children? How old are they?
• Do you have any special training or certificates relevant to this position?
• What do you like the most about caring for children?
• How would you handle an emergency situation should it arise?
• What is your approach to discipline?
• When are you available for work?
• How much do you expect to be paid per hour?
• Do you have any questions about the position?

Where to Find a Private Babysitter

There are several methods to finding or advertising for a qualified child care provider in Channel-Port aux Basques:

• Advertise on Service Canada Job Bank
• Place advertisements in public locations throughout the community
• Contact local tv provider for community channel advertisement

Contact Info:
The Family Resource Centre
7 Oceanview Drive (P.O. Box 2260)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-2616 Fax: (709) 695-5830

Licensed Child Care Home Provider

A Licensed Child Care Provider is an individual who has received a license to operate a child care program from their home. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have regulations in place to monitor the providers and limit the number of children permitted under care.

Advantages of Licensed Child Care Home Provider:
• Family Atmosphere
• Flexible Hours with Part-Time Possibilities
• Consistency and Individual Attention due to smaller groups
• Approved homes can be available in various areas
• Licensed to meet and maintain minimum standards of care
• Possibility of inclusion for children that have special needs
• Reduced risk of being exposed to infection
• Receipts provided

Disadvantages of Licensed Child Care Home Provider:
• May have limited choice in provider selection based on location
• Other children not necessarily the same age
• Possible long wait list
• Sick child policies
• Possible isolation of care givers

Licensed Child Care Facility

A Licensed Child Care Facility is a center that has been approved to operate a child care program under the guidelines and regulations set forth by the provincial Department of Family, Youth and Child Services. Below are some considerations to be made in selecting a Licensed Child Care Facility for your child.

Advantages of Licensed Child Care Facility:
• Professional, Qualified Staff
• Other teachers available to offer support
• Child of the similar age are grouped together
• Child focused program and environment
• Licensed to meet and maintain minimum standards of care
• Possibility of inclusion of children with special needs
• Reliability
• Access to subsidy system in the area
• Receipts Provided

Disadvantages of Licensed Child Care Facility:
• Higher child-teacher ratio
• Higher incidence of infectious disease
• May be more expensive than other means of child care
• Fixed operating hours
• Possible long waiting lists
• Sick child policies

Childcare Facilities in Channel-Port aux Basques

Debbie’s Down Home Day Care
Reid Street (P.O. Box 331)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-9331

Helpful Links

Department of Child, Youth & Family Services
Improving Child Care Services for Canadian Families
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
Canada Child Care Tax Benefit (CCTB)
Newfoundland and Labrador Child Benefit (NLCB)
Child Disability Benefit (CDB)
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