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Kids Can Fly Brantford

Kids Can Fly promotes early childhood development in Brantford/Brant

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Hailey Schellenberger
ECE Student, Intensive Program, Mohawk College

Finding quality childcare is one of the greatest concerns families have in today’s society. CBC’s Marketplace aired an investigative TV show called “Who’s Watching the Kids?” on February 22, 2013 that explored the issue of childcare in Canada. As a current student studying early childhood education (ECE), I was shocked at some of the findings in this report and the need in Canada for more licensed day care spaces.  This investigation can also help to make parents more aware of questions to ask their child-care centre or providers.   Follow the link below for  the full report.

li-daycareMarketplace, (February 22, 2013). Who’s Watching the Kids. Retrieved: March 19, 2013.

Tip Sheet

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  • Are you licensed?  If yes, make sure to see the license, and that it is up-to-date.
  • Do you have CPR/ First Aid Training? Ask to see the certificates, and make sure that they are up-to-date.
  • Can I have references from both current and past parents?  Make sure to check them.
  • Are you insured? Accidents do happen; be sure that the provider has liability coverage in case of accidents.
  • Can you provide criminal background checks for yourself and anyone else who will be in contact with the children? Make sure you see the records for yourself.
  • Who else lives in the home and may have access to the child(ren)? Ask for criminal background checks for all people over 18 who live in the home.
  • How many children are cared for at the location, at any time? Each province has different laws regarding the number of children allowed; check your province’s legislation
  • What is your educational training and experience with children? 
  • What are the ages of the children being cared for? Younger children and infants require more supervision.
  • Make sure the sleeping arrangements are safe, clean, and well-maintained, with ready exits in case of fire.
  • Make sure that children are transported in appropriate car seats or booster seats at all times.
  • Ask to see the play areas, and make sure areas and toys are safe, clean, and well-maintained.
  • Make sure the daycare has procedures in case of illness, fire and accidents.
  • Make sure the daycare has and follows a strict protocol of distributing medication.
  • Make sure there are policies to manage food allergies.
  • Make sure that cleaning materials, household chemicals, and plastic bags are stored out-of-reach of the children.
  • Is there a safe, fenced-in yard? Are there baby gates on the stairs, and covers on the electrical outlets? 
  • Do you have a swimming pool? If yes, what precautions do you take to ensure the safety of children in care?
  • Can you tell me how playdates are managed and organized, and how you inform parents and get their permission? Make sure the playdates are legal and safe – combining children from different unlicensed daycares into one private location exceeding the allowable limit is illegal in some provinces, including Ontario. 
  • Is there evidence of cigarette smoke in the home?
  • If you are unavailable, will you tell me in advance when my child is being cared for by another person? Make sure that person also provides you with a police record check and references.


Tickets for the ECE Awards Go On Sale

 The 2012 Brant ECE Banquet will be held on November 8th, 2012 at the Best Western Hotel.  Tickets are now on sale at the OEYC or at Brantford Little School.  Please share this poster with your networks and staff.  We really encourage ECE students to attend and have a special award for them.

We appreciate sponsorship from Mohawk College, Best Start, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board and Onondaga Masons as well as our door prize donors and individual award sponsors.  The theme this year is the PINK AND BLACK Ball so come dressed in these colours.

Our major prize this year is an ipad!  : )  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $30. Per person.

If you would like to donate a door prize contact any committee member or just bring that night.  We have lots of wonderful displays, demonstrations and surprises that focus on person care.  We will enjoy music by Joan Minnery.

Sharon Brooks for Kids Can Fly and the committee,  Heather Wilson, Sarah Roarke, Melissa Fererro, Diane Bartle, Brooke Haggith, Erin Rooney, Jera Sunny, Michelle McColl and Kathy Kemp.

Infant Mental Health Promotion is pleased to announce a partnership with beginning in September 2012.

Helping parents help their kids succeed in school and lifeThis initiative is intended to educate Ontario parents on the importance of healthy brain development in the early years of a child’s life, from 0 to 4 and to share information on a range of infant mental health and parenting topics. 

Goals are to:

  • raise awareness through information and outreach to parents
  • share knowledge and resources between and Infant Mental Health Promotion
  • increase parent engagement on both sites

The website hosts a wide range of resources for parents including:

    • Videos – interviews and lectures with top experts in the fields of child development, brain development and mental health.
    • Articles and blogs – on a range of topics and parenting concerns about a child’s physical and mental health: special needs, child development, brain development, social skills and issues, learning and parent involvement.

Media outreach on as well as through social media, Facebook and Twitter, to engage parents including distribution of IMHP’s weekly tips for parents

Each week will share tips for parents authored by IMHP on a range of topics to promote positive mental health.

 Infant Mental Health Promotion will be providing:

  • Content for parents on infant mental health topics, such as: transitions to childcare, brain development research, the impact of the environment and relationships on a young child’s mental health, and more…
  • Guest blogs by IMHP’s director, Chaya Kulkarni, as well as periodic interviews with Cheryl Jackson
  • Weekly brain tips for parents which will be posted on TVOParents’ social media channels.
  • In-depth milestones, the healthy social and emotional development of your child from 0 to 4, created by the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Media access to Infant Mental Health Rounds lecture series and IMHP events.

IMHP is looking forward to this unique opportunity to share knowledge with a wider community and parents through .  For more information and some highlighted TVO Parents resources visit the IMHP “Special Projects” page on this partnership.


ECE Award Nominations Now Open

Nominate Your Favourite ECE Professional Today!


“Is there an early learning professional who has made an impact in the life of you or your child? Kids Can Fly honours our local ECE’s and support staff each fall with an Awards Banquet and nominations are now open for this year.   This will be our 10th year hosting this event which raises awareness of the importance of the early childhood education profession. Thanks to many generous sponsors we are able to provide a celebratory event with various awards, 20 and 30 year service pins and an evening of social networking.  Please consider recognizing and honouring individuals in our community who are making this a better place for children.”

To download the Nomination Package click here ECE Award Nomination Package 2012 doc

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario serves and acts on behalf of early childhood educators in Ontario.  Their website provides a lot of information for early childhood educators.  Take the time today to check out their website for more information on issues, programs and professional development opportunities in the field of early childhood education.