“There’s lots of different challenges if a child is placed in the wrong type of child care program, and that program or that care provider doesn’t have the skills, the ability, the training or the environment to appropriate care for that child’s needs,” Licensing Officer with Public Health Protection at Northern Health, Kathy Basaraby said
Basaraby goes on to say the relationship between the child and care provider is important because they each face unique needs and levels of development, which needs to be evident as to not have a negative impact on the child’s behaviour or other cognitive abilities.
It’s important to observe opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, such as developmentally appropriate toys, material and environment.
Basaraby says parents should not only do their research and ensure it addresses their concerns, but also go out with their child and take note as to how that child reacts to the environment.
The province of B.C. has legislation in place which does not allow an individual to care for more than two children without caring a licence, setting a base level of protection of health and safety for those under their watch.
In Fort St. John, there is a provincial Child Care Resource and Referral centre, located at 10411 100 Avenue, which can help steer parents in the right direction.
You can contact them at 250 785 5701.