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

(from http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2013/02/tip-sheet-8.html )

  • 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.


A Message from Our Executive Director ~ Sharon Brooks

January is a wonderful way to start the year off with new resolutions and new habits.  Someone told me that their New Year’s resolution was to spend more time with their family.  They set goals to have dinner together at least three times a week and plan one family time event, a game night, a walk at App’s Mill or a skate at Harmony Square.  About Children’s Health has a great top five family New Year’s resolutions… it is not too late to start!  Top Five Family New Year’s Resolutions

 January is starting off to be very busy for Kids Can Fly. Here are some events and happenings in the upcoming months. 

Parachute Program -Transitioning to Parenthood

Transitioning to Parenthood will resume meeting every Wed afternoons from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at St Andrews Church 95 Darling St on January 9th, 2013.  This free program has child care and a free taxi if needed.    Join other moms for some baby time and a break to discuss the challenges of life with a new baby.   For more info call Jane 519 755 9482.     

On January 16th, 2013:  Special Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), will present  on post partum depression to moms, partners or service providers at the Parachute Program on Wednesday, January 16th between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.  For more information call Sharon 519 448 1713 or info@kidscanfly.ca  

The Young Author’s Project

The Young Author’s Project, a project of Kids Can Fly, the County of Brant Public Library and the Brantford Expositor has been short listed for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism Awards and the winner will be announced at the Ontario Library Super-Conference Gala in Toronto January 31, 2013.  

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad, early child development and parenting centre runs Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon with Jane Flinders RECEC.  Located at Graham Bell Victoria School – 56 Grand St Brantford, this program is open to all, free and has a taxi service if needed.  Come for songs, stories, creative art, dress up and many fun activities with other children and parents.  Geared for children 0 – 5 years.  Call Jane at  519 755 9482 for more information. PLEASE NOTE: The Launch Pad at Graham Bell-Victoria School will be closed on Friday, January 11 as a result of the Day of Protest being conducted by elementary teachers   

Storybook Breakfast

Kids Can Fly in partnership with Scotiabank present the 6th annual Storybook Breakfast on February 9th with two seatings at 9:00 am or 11:00 am.


Come and meet all your favourite Storybook Characters and get their autographs. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and get your photo taken with your favourite character.Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, January 19th at Scotiabank’s Lynden Road location ONLY starting at 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. If any tickets are left, they will be sold at the Lynden Road location during banking hours.


Sharon Brooks
Executive Director, Kids Can Fly

Give A Gift that Warms the Heart










 Honour a special teacher by making a donation in their name ~ get the whole class involved.

For donations over $60.00 your teacher will receive a personalized certificate and a copy of Dolly’s favorite book, The Little Engine that Could”

You could also register a child for a year for $60.00 and they will receive a book every month in the mail.  Collect in your office or social group.  Make a donation on behalf of your employees.

Kids Can Fly and the Imagination Library has over 100 children on a waiting list and inquires daily!  You can make a difference in our community.  It is proven that early learning effects the outcomes not only in school but health and behaviour. 

“Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More” Dolly Parton

  Thank you!

Parachute Program

Join us!!!

The Parachute Program is a drop-in group that meets on Wednesday Afternoons 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

at the St. Andrews Community Centre, 95 Darling Street, Brantford.

You do not have to register in advance, just come and share with other moms and dads.

The new Parachute Program is a place to meet and share your joys and challenges with your new baby.

Upcoming Discussions:

September 12, 2012
Topic: Post Postpartum Depression
Presenter: Tracy Woodford- St Joseph’s Women’s Health Center in Hamilton

September 19, 2012
Topic: Informal Discussion
Presenter: Jane Flinders

September 26, 2012
Topic: Yoga
Presenter: Christine O’Neil

October 3, 2012
Topic: Informal Discussion
Presenter: Jane Flinders

For more information.   https://www.kidscanfly.ca/the-parachute-club/

Transition to Parenthood

Infant Mental Health Promotion is pleased to announce a partnership with TVOParents.com 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 TVOParents.com and Infant Mental Health Promotion
  • increase parent engagement on both sites

The TVOParents.com 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 TVOParents.com as well as through social media, Facebook and Twitter, to engage parents including distribution of IMHP’s weekly tips for parents

Each week TVOParents.com 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 TVOParents.com .  For more information and some highlighted TVO Parents resources visit the IMHP “Special Projects” page on this partnership.


The New Parachute Program: Transitioning to Parenthood

The New Parachute Program: Transitioning to Parenthood

Are you a new mom or dad and needs someone to talk to that understands the challenges of a new parent?  Come to The New Parachute Program every Wednesday afternoon 1:30-3:00 at St. Andrew’s Community Centre (across from Victoria Park)

August 22 – Open Discussion: Jane Flinders

August 29 – The Joys of Parenting: Sharon Brooks