What is quality child care?
Quality child care means different things to different people. It’s up to you to define what it means to you and your family. Most people would describe quality child care as supporting a child’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical well-being by keeping children safe and happy in a loving environment.
Why is quality child care important to a child?
Every child has the right to quality child care. Imagine what your child will be like as an adult. How children grow and develop has a lot to do with the type of care they receive as a child. When children experience warm, supportive interaction with other children and adults, they feel safe and good about themselves. Helping children to learn and develop strong physical and social skills is another benefit of quality child care.
By providing children with a healthy environment that allows them to explore and discover new things, quality child care prepares them for the next stage of their lives. By choosing a quality care provider, you’re giving your child a great start on developing a strong mind, body, and spirit.
As a parent, every choice you make affects the life of someone else – your child
Deciding what type of child care is best for you and your child is one of these choices. With so many factors to consider, it is easy to get overwhelmed, but finding the right child care provider is a lot easier when you know what to look for and what steps to take. Use this information as a guide to help you select quality child care for your child.
The Government of New Brunswick recognizes the important role child care plays in the development of children and is committed to ensuring that all children receive the best possible start in life.
Step 1 - Start Early
Start looking into child care options as soon as possible. Finding the right child care for you and your child takes time. Many child care providers have waiting lists and if you leave it until the last minute, you may end up with fewer options. Plan ahead, think it through, and make the right choice for you.
Step 2 - Identify Your Needs
Each family has different needs. You have to start by identifying the things that will be important to you and your family such as the specific needs of your child, costs, location, and how many hours you’ll need for child care during the day. Identifying your family’s unique needs will help you know what to look for.