The Community Child Care office will be closed at noon December 24. We will re-open from 8:30 to noon December 31, 2018 and then will be back to normal 8:30 to 4:30 hours from January 2, 2019 onward. Our voice mail will be monitored over the holiday period so don’t hesitate to leave us a message. When we respond, the call may come from a private number rather than the office number.
Providers who are working over the holiday period have a special number to call if there is an emergency with the children. The emergency service answers providers’ calls 24 hours a day, every day. The emergency service will call the agency staff roster until they reach an advisor or member of the board of directors who is able to respond in person to the emergency.
From all of us at Community Child Care of Ottawa, have a safe and happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/whatever, whether you celebrate or not. Thank you for your support in 2018. We look forward to the joys and challenges of 2019 with great anticipation!
No Fee Increase in 2019!
We are delighted to announce that our fees will not increase in 2019. Our half-day and school-age rates have not changed since 2016, and our full-day rate last increased in February 2018. Thanks to a recent change in our funding in 2019 we will be able to increase our payments to providers and to maintain our level of service without increasing parental fees.
Ministry of Education Licensing
Our providers did an amazing job demonstrating to our provincial Ministry of Education licensing advisor the quality of their work with children in mid-December 2018. For the second time in the year our advisor visited several of our homes and checked all our paperwork, policies and procedures. As a result of the visit we will tweak two forms, will remind parents and providers about the importance of labeling food brought into a provider’s home, and will ensure that attendance times in and out are recorded promptly.
We are very proud of our providers and their care of children and welcome the Ministry of Education advisor to visit at any time.
We are delighted to introduce you to our new child care advisor, Chris. A few of you may remember Chris from when she was a child care provider with the agency some years ago. Others may have met her when she worked in the Adult Day Program and the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. Chris has wide-ranging experience with children, youth and adults, especially those at risk or with challenges.
Please welcome Chris to the team and the joys that caring for children brings. We are very happy that she decided to join us.
Looking for Board of Directors Members
Are you interested in volunteering with a not-for-profit, licensed home child care agency? Our Board of Directors meets about once a month to help steer the future of the agency.
We particularly need someone with a background in finance, insurance, advocacy, legal or human resources, but most importantly we need enthusiastic, ethical people who are keen to contribute to the well being of children and families.
To apply, please send a brief note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Care and Early Years Act
Apply for your Police Check on-line! You might not even have to go to the police office in person! Get all the details at: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Police-Record-Checks.asp