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There’s no better time to start a career in home child care than right now!

The province is rolling out $10-a-day childcare for families under licensed providers, which means licensed providers are in demand.

The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Y Home Child Care Program is here to help you become a licensed provider and immediately offer $10-a-day child care.

Be your own boss, set your own hours, and earn an income by caring for children in the comfort of your own home. We’ll take care of the rest.

It is important to note that each Provider is different and provides their own unique program and environment. You will create your own style and preferences as your program develops. We’ll help you design your personalized home-based child care program and provide you with the ability to access the many resources in your area.

As an Early Learning Provider with the YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Agency, we value your commitment to the children, families and community partners that you care for and work with each day.

Now, let’s get started.

Your Role as a Self-Employed Provider.

In your role, your responsibilities would include:

  • 1.
    Offering an educational approach to child care in a home environment, with an emphasis on the needs of the individual child and family;
  • 2.
    Accepting all children and parents regardless of race, religion, socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural origins;
  • 3.
    Accepting all children and parents regardless of physical or developmental ability;
  • 4.
    Actively encouraging the growth and well-being of each child and of their family, being sensitive to individual family needs;
  • 5.
    Accepting, respecting, and maintaining complete confidentiality and sensitivity with regard to all child, parent and YMCA Licensed Home Child Care information;
  • 6.
    Maintaining ongoing and open communication with parents/guardians with regard to:
    • a.
      All aspects of the child’s day (eating, sleeping habits, behaviour and overall mood, activities undertaken, etc.)
    • b.
      Any changes in routine (use of back-up person, field trips, etc.)
  • 7.
    Maintaining current professional knowledge and resources through on-going professional development;
  • 8.
    Being receptive to guidance, advice and constructive criticism given to facilitate professional growth;
  • 9.
    Remembering that parents/guardians are the primary caregivers and the role of the Provider is one that supports and complements the responsibilities of the parents/guardians.

Your overall responsibility is to ensure the overall health, safety and well-being of your children; it is your first and most important priority.

Requirements to Become a Provider.

The process to Becoming a YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Provider (including Ministry requirements):

  • 1.
    In-person Orientation Meeting:
    • a.
      YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Consultants.
    • b.
      In-home Interview and Inspection with YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Consultants.
    • c.
      Submit 3 References.
  • 2.
    Obtain/submit all required paperwork necessary in becoming a YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Provider (see below.)
  • 3.
    Final Inspection:
    • a.
      Purchase of Service: Completion of paperwork and signing;
    • b.
      Review YMCA Risk Management Techniques, Quality Assurance, and Ministry Checklist.
  • 4.
    • a.
      Home-based Child Care Starter Kit
    • b.
      Referral of families

The health, safety and well-being of the children are top priority for the YMCA. All YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Providers must have the following:

  • House insurance; $2,000,000.00 (small business rider - up to 6 children)
  • Car insurance; $2,000,000.00
  • Valid driver’s License or signed waiver
  • Medical letter; in good health and fit to work with children
  • Immunization; current and on file; everyone in the home
  • Pet Vaccination; rabies; if you have pets
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Certification – Level C
  • Rent letter from landlord (if applicable)
  • Criteria set by the North Bay Fire Department must be adhered to (Fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and metal dryer vent)
  • Fire escape plan posted
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check ; for everyone in the home over 18 years old and frequent visitors over 18 years old
  • Knowledge of Child Care Early Years Act
  • Child protection video (LMS)

All Home Child Care Programs are required to follow the Child Care Early Years Act. The role of the YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Consultant is to ensure those regulations are compliant (in place and followed). YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Consultants will complete various scheduled and unscheduled visits; audits and/or inspections throughout the year to ensure YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Providers are supported and are following the requirements of the Child Care Early Years Act.

The following Quality Audits are conducted:

  • Regular support visits (unscheduled);
  • Quarterly audits/inspections (unscheduled- every three months);
  • Monitoring of attendance invoices (twice per month);
  • Annual purchase of service agreement meeting/signing (pre-scheduled).

Child Registration Process:

All child care inquiries will be screened and processed through the YMCA Children’s Services Administration Office. The YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Consultant will:

  • Assess the needs of the families requiring care;
  • Contact available YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Providers to give detailed information;
  • Ask the YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Provider if the family requiring care is a fit for their service;

The YMCA Children’s Services Administration Office will complete all registrations, collect all payments and confirm with the YMCA Licensed Home Child Care Provider an agreed upon start date.


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