Community Child Care is a non-profit, licensed home child care agency that has provided quality home-based child care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age in Kanata, western Ottawa, Goulbourn and West Carleton since 1982, and now has homes as far east as Woodroffe Drive in Ottawa. Community Child Care welcomes full-fee families and those receiving fee assistance. The agency is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is managed on a daily basis by an Executive Director with a small staff of advisors and administrative personnel who are employees of the agency. Child care providers are not employees, they are self-employed contractors affiliated with our agency.
Community Child Care’s home child care providers are carefully screened through interviews and home assessments. Providers are selected for their child care skills and their ability to organize experiences that support and encourage children’s development. The agency provides ongoing support to providers through monthly visits and professional development opportunities. Providers are familiar with the Ministry of Education’s curriculum Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) and pedagogy How Does Learning Happen?
Our child care advisors are well-versed in child development and have extensive experience working with families and young children. Without exception they are passionate about working with children and advocating for the best possible child care for families. Our advisors have a background in early childhood education and child development, and a wealth of experience working with children and adults. They discuss child care needs and preferences with each family, then determine which of our providers most closely meet the family’s criteria.
Advisors visit providers’ homes regularly to assess, support and monitor the quality of the child care arrangement. These visits are not only to ensure all regulations are maintained, but to support the provider in offering quality child care. Advisors also support providers with resources, access to professional development opportunities, equipment lending and so on.
Our advisors collaborate with parents and providers to establish appropriate developmental practices that suit each child’s individual learning style. Advisors are also available to both parents and providers for support and mediation.
Advisors assist providers in implementing the Ministry of Education’s Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) curriculum and How Does Learning Happen? pedagogy. How Does Learning Happen? is organized around four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression. These foundations, or ways of being, are a vision for all children’s future potential and a view of what they should experience each and every day.
With a focus on the child, our advisors are available to families to discuss their concerns with their child’s development and to suggest avenues families can pursue to access additional support they may require. Children eligible for support from Children’s Inclusion Support Services, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre or other professionals may be able to receive some of their therapies in the daycare setting.
If a parent requests it, the advisor will attempt to arrange alternate care for children when the regular provider is sick or otherwise unavailable.
Community Child Care is licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) of Ontario which sets standards for health, safety, nutrition, and adult-child ratios. Legislation and regulations set the minimum standards for child care. Community Child Care strives to support all our providers to offer quality care far above minimum requirements.
Inspection and Monitoring
A child care advisor inspects each daycare home every three months for safety and compliance with regulations, and visits at least once a month to support and monitor the care and the children’s development. When the Ministry of Education inspects the agency to renew its license each year, the Ministry program advisor randomly selects a number of our daycare homes to rigorously inspect. Results of licensing inspections are posted on the Ministry of Education website.
Community Child Care of Ottawa acknowledges funding and support from the City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario.