Looking for Licensed Child Care? Start with InfoPeel

During this challenging time, it’s important to remember that parents and caregivers are not alone in this process. InfoPeel at Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) has plenty of resources to help make the hunt for licensed child care easier for families.

Adam Mulqueen-Ducker, InfoPeel and Service Pathways Manager at CDRCP, understands how stressful it is for families to find child care when both parents work and how this issue only becomes more challenging due to COVID-19.

While the transition into a new normal is ongoing, Adam points to InfoPeel as a great support to help families overcome any obstacles regarding finding licensed child care services.

What is InfoPeel?

For those who are unfamiliar, InfoPeel.ca is an information service that helps families in Peel Region connect with and access resources across multiple service areas, including:

  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Licensed Child Care (home and centre based)
  • Special Needs Resources and Services
  • French Language Directory
  • General Community Services

Families can call InfoPeel or use the chat function on the website to connect with a responsive and available Information Specialist.    

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In 2019, CDRCP launched a new online calendar that consolidates virtual events and programming from all EarlyON providers across Peel into one central place for families. The programming includes activities like stories, music and movement and workshops that families and caregivers can access from the comfort of their home.

 

Which community supports are available for families through InfoPeel?

InfoPeel houses a database with licensed child care programs that have re-opened post-COVID-19 closures. This list is updated daily in coordination with our partners at the Region of Peel. There are currently upwards of 200 reopened child care centres across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon along with a number of licensed home childcare agencies.

 

What to look for when searching for quality licensed childcare?

At CDRCP, we know that health and safety remain a number one priority for parents and caregivers when they are looking for licensed child care in the midst of a pandemic. That’s why CDRCP created this parent guide with tips and questions for parents to consider when preparing to send your child back to licensed care.

 

The guide divides questions into five categories: protocols and procedures, outbreak management, programming and curriculum, physical distancing measures and general sanitary precautions for parents to consider.

 

To supplement this resource, CDRCP has a detailed  guide for parents called “Choosing Quality Child Care” that will help families make informed decisions when selecting a child care programs that best meets their needs.

 

Another great sign to look for in quality child care is centres’ participation in the Raising the Bar initiative. The presence of a Raising the Bar certificate is an indication that the program is committed to maintaining provincial regulatory standards as well as local community standards.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic can leave parents and caregivers feeling isolated and confused.  But, it doesn’t have to be this way. When it comes to finding appropriate licensed child care, CDRCP and InfoPeel remain committed to supporting families and children in the Peel community.

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