Kids At Home believe that…
1. Children are the future; that concern for their well-being should be the most important criteria.
2. Every child is a unique individual and should be esteemed, valued, protected, encouraged, and supported to develop to his or her fullest potential. Furthermore, we believe that sex, race, age, cultural, social, ethnic background, physical or intellectual handicaps, should not be an interpretation to any child, as a barrier to his or her own growth and development.
3. Young children should access high-quality child care, guidance, and structure in an environment that will promote maximum opportunities for their physical, social-emotional, creative, cognitive, and communication development.
4. Anyone who works with young children, should be flexible, open-minded, knowledgeable, and skilled in their approach to young children—should acquire values that impact upon their lives in such a way, that they are motivated to impart a sense of values to the children we serve, as well as to model the kinds of behaviours and attitudes that will contribute to a fulfilling life for all the children.
5. It is important for anyone working in a child care environment to have experience and a thorough understanding of child growth and development. Also, care-givers should have the ability to access each child’s individual needs, as well as the skillset to plan, implement, assess and redesign programs to meet these individual needs.
6. Anyone working in a child care environment should have a commitment and a responsibility to interpret child growth and development to parents, and to the wider community in ways that are understandable and applicable to family and community situations. Furthermore, we believe the it is the care-giver’s responsibility to help the parents in making that stressful transition to formal schooling, a positive experience.
7. Parental involvement is vital to a child’s total development; therefore, we stress that parents be encouraged and supported to have greater responsibility in meeting the needs of their own child. Also, we encourage parents to become involved in activity-planning and other decision-making that will shape their child’s environment. This will help parents to gain confidence in their own resources and initiatives and in their interactions with their child and others.
8. Child care teams should continue to seek approaches that will enable them to prepare environments of academic freedom, mutual trust, support, and high-quality child care programing.
9. Working together, we (parents, caregivers, educators, the community, and Governments) can all help to improve the child care system in Canada.
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CREATING AN EXCEPTIONAL CHILD CARE EXPERIENCE
The main characteristic of exceptional child care is the care-givers love for children, second only, by the honour given to that care-giver.
Honour includes compensation, respect, and the support given to your care-giver. A fair wage and good working conditions will contribute to higher job satisfaction, higher morale, and less chances of any interruption in your child care arrangements. Honouring your care-giver will undeniably give stability to your child.
When creating an exceptional child care experience, there will always be a strong relationship between the caregiver’s love for children, and the honour given to that care-giver.