Our Child Care Registry is now available online!!
please click on the link above "Find a Child Care provider". There you will find a list of all our approved Child Care Providers with spaces available. This list is continuously changing, as more spaces become available/filled, so you can check back as often as you like, and once you see something suitable, you can e-mail that provider for more information.
Welcome to the Family and Child Care Connections WebSite.
We are a community-based, non-profit family resource centre located in St. John's, NL. We believe that all children have the right to quality early learning and family child care. Our early childhood experts are ready to share many resources and programs to help foster your child's early learning. We can assist in your parenting and child care needs and build quality in family child care together. Come in and get to know us. Thank you for visiting. Please check out our Calendar or scroll down below to our blog to see upcoming events.
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This website provides information for parents in Canada looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families. Find out why it's hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve your chances of accessing high-quality child care.
Weekly Drop in Playgroups
Our playgroups for the general public will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only . We open our playroom door at 9:30 a.m. and suggest that you be here close to that time to avoid the disappointment of seeing our "Full Today" sign. Our playroom is a spacious child centred environment with activites set up for children from birth to age 5 years. We encourage the adult accompanying each child to spend time talking with them throughout their play and to get involved in their paly as well. Our playgroup faciltator is here to help you and your child feel welcomed and to ensure everything is running smoothly. Playgroups are meant to be a time for free play where the children are encouraged to appropriately explore and be creative with the materials available.We offer a nutitional snack during your stay and all children are welcome to join in at that time. Our "tidy up time" routine begins 11:20 a.m. and we ask that you and your child particiate in this activity as part of the departure preparation. Our playgroup facilitator will gather the children together and sing a good-bye song to help your child get ready for leaving without too much difficulty. There is no fee for playgroup, however we do have a "piggy bank' at the entrance and graciously accept all donations. Hope to see you here.
Funding Announced to Support Child Care Sector
The Provincial Government has provided $30,000 to the Early Childhood Educators Human Resource Council to assist in finalizing a human resource manual and providing training workshops for the child care sector. For more details, follow the link provided
NEW AND EXCITING
The following announcement was made during the provincial government's Budget 2011, Family Child Care Initiative Building upon the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Capacity Initiative, the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services is introducing a two-year pilot project focused on the development of spaces in family child care homes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the next two years, the department will work to support the development of a targeted 400 new spaces in regulated family child care. “One issue facing young families in our province is the need for more regulated child care,” said Minister Johnson. “Our government has listened carefully to the concerns of parents, and as part of Budget 2011 is introducing a new initiative to specifically target the shortage of regulated spaces, particularly in rural communities and for children under the age of two. The new Family Child Care Initiative will stimulate economic growth by providing people, especially women, with opportunities to enter and remain in the labour market by availing of these spaces or by becoming a regulated provider.” Highlights include increased start-up grants from $2,500 to $5,000 to become a regulated family child care provider, and infant start-up grants of $7,500 for homes that care exclusively for children up to the age of two. In addition, an annual infant stimulus grant of $2,400 per infant space ($200/month per infant) will be available to family child care providers who care exclusively for children up to two years of age, to help offset the loss of revenue associated with having the smaller group size required in these homes. http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2011/cyfs/0419n05.html
Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Calendar of Events!!!
Our calendar of Events is currently under construction and will be up and running soon.
Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL)
Check out AECENL's website for online professional development courses. www.aecenl.ca