SELECTING A PRIVATE
HOME FOR CHILD CARE
(Taken from Region of
Durham Child Services Website)
We know that parents have differing requirements of a
Provider home. We encourage each parent to visit a potential provider’s
home and assess it with his or her own priorities in mind.
Following are some areas of common concern.
Observation will be sufficient in some areas, while in others, the parent would
ask specific questions.
Where will the
following activities take place?
Is the home safe and
suitable for your child?
and screen secure
substances (Javex, medicines, etc.) are out of reach
Are some areas of the
home off limits to children?
Does the home meet
your own standards of housekeeping?
Is there smoking in
Are there pets in the
Where will your child
rest? For how long?
What will the
children do all day?
there adequate books suitable for your child? Should you bring some
of your own?
there adequate play materials to meet your child's needs? Should you
bring some of your own?
floor play be encouraged and how will it be supervised?
outside play be encouraged and how will it be supervised?
meals will be served throughout the day and at what times? What will
they consist of?
your child be involved in cooking, drawing, painting, colouring, and
making things with his/her hands?
the Provider read to your child?
your child be able to listen to music and sing?
your child be taken out in the neighbourhood and on longer trips?
your child watch T.V.? If so, what programs?
- If a
playpen is to be used, how long will your child be left in it?
your child is a baby, what is the diapering routine? How often will
he/she be changed?
a school-aged child take part in after-school activities as well as
neighbourhood and community activities?
your child take part in the general household routines such as helping in
the kitchen, setting table, and drying dishes?
How does the home
the Provider enjoy the children?
the children in the home like the Provider?
the Provider listen to the children and answer their questions in a
does the Provider deal with undesirable behaviour?
the Provider let the children make suggestions? And does he/she let
them do things independently?
the Provider take time to talk with you and listen to your comments?
the Provider have lots of energy?
other people in the Provider's home influence the care he/she gives the
many children does he/she care for?
children in the home older or younger than yours?
will the other people in the home feel about you as a parent, and about
there other people making demands on the Provider's time while your child
is in his/her home?
What are the rules of
If you are seeking a child care home through an Agency, many
of these rules will be Agency requirements or regulations of the Day Nurseries
you take your child to the Provider if he/she is sick?
the Provider give medication?
what circumstances will the Provider call you at work?
provides the food?
supplies the diapers?
happens if you are late picking up your child?
form of discipline does the Provider use?
your child is staying home or arriving late, are you required to phone the
items will you need to take to the Provider home for your child?
items should you not take to the Provider home for your child?
is the procedure if your child is taken ill or is involved in an accident?
What health habits are encouraged in the home?
the children and Provider wash their hands after using the toilet and
before eating anything?
your child be able to brush his/her teeth after meals?
your child wash his/her face and comb his/her hair at the Provider home?