Family Child Care offers a viable option to families through the provision of safe, reliable, high quality care for children. Sometimes it involves using an entire home, while other times, only part of a home is used. The importance of a homelike atmosphere and the position of family centered activities are emphasized.
The unique characteristics of the physical environment in family child care:
- Physical space – home setting, neighbourhood/community involvement
- Caregiver consistency throughout day
- Prevalence of mixed-age groups
- Intensity and duration of provider/parent relationship
- Nature of the work experience
The unique aspects of family child care quality:
- It looks and acts like a home
- Purposeful use of home and local neighbourhood as learning opportunities
- Purposeful use of the mixed-age group as a learning opportunity
- Provider is parenting role model and source of support and information for families
- Provider successfully addresses the challenges of the work situation
The resource sheets are excerpts taken from various units within the Family Child Care Training Program Levels 1 – 3.
- Your Child Care Home: Environment Checklist
- Helping Children Grow and Develop
- Connecting With Your Community
- Caring for Preschoolers: School Readiness
- Caring for School-Aged Children: Street Proofing
- Caring for the Caregiver: Setting Your Personal Goals
- Serving Nutritious Meals and Snacks: Menu Evaluation Checklist
- Communicating with Children Effectively About Diversity and Inclusion
- Enhancing Children’s Self-Esteem
The Family Child Care Training Program is intended for individuals who are currently, or who are interested in becoming, providers of family child care in both the regulated and unregulated sectors. They can be purchased in print format or as a pdf.
The Family Child Care Training Program consists of three levels:
Level One is an introductory level and is primarily intended for those who have little, or no, previous training related to family child care. It is also intended for trained and experienced caregivers who would like the opportunity to review and reinforce their knowledge and to share their experiences with others.
Level Two is an intermediate level and is primarily intended for those who have participated in an introductory level training program (eg. Level One of the Family Child Care Training Program) and/or have had experiences as caregivers and participated in some training and professional development opportunities.
Level Three is an advanced level and is primarily intended for those who have participated in an introductory and intermediate level of the training program (eg. Level One – Introductory Level and Level Two – Intermediate Level of the Family Child Care Training Program) and have had experiences as caregivers and participated in some training and professional development opportunities. Level 3 contains units with information that will give the family child care provider a more global perspective of child care in general.
Train-the-Trainer Guide is designed to assist facilitators to prepare and deliver the Family Child Care Training Program. It provides information useful to both the experienced facilitator and those new to the world of adult education. Why produce a “Train the Trainer” Guide? Many different people in different settings need to be involved in order to reach all caregivers. Training is not about paper resources, but about relationships. Family Child Care Providers are adult learners and require training, which answers the needs of adult learners.
CCCF Family Child Care Affiliates
- Home Child Care Association of Ontario
- BC Family Child Care Association
- Alberta Association Family Day Home Services