As a parent of an infant or preschooler, chances are you will need to find regular childcare at some point. Being a stay at home parent or a work at home parent is an opportunity that not everyone has.
It’s likely that you will be researching childcare services in your area, whether it’s a large commercial daycare center, a church-run daycare, a home daycare, or a nanny.
As a parent, it can often seem overwhelming to look at rate schedules, teacher-student ratios, daily routines and menu plans at one place after another, simply to be put on the waiting list. But as a parent, you have rights.
1. Parents have the right to access legal daycare. Whether it’s a large for-profit daycare center, or a small home-run daycare, parents have the right to place their child in care that follows government-mandated regulations.
2. Parents have the right to be an active participant in their child’s care. Parents have the right to be made aware of their child’s daily care, activities, outings, and other happenings each day.
3. Parents have the right to pick up their child at any time. If this compromises the activities of other children in care, parents have the right to expect that their care provider will make appropriate accommodations.
4. Parents have the right to seek care elsewhere if they are unhappy.
5. Parents have the right to address concerns with the care provider, and for those concerns to be acknowledged and investigated if necessary.
6. Parents have the right to expect that their child will receive adequate attention, have regular outdoor time, and will have access to toys and manipulatives that are engaging and that encourage imagination, creativity and learning.
7. Parents have the right to expect that their child’s physical needs will be addressed promptly and respectfully.
8. Parents have the right to expect that all children in care will be taught to respect one another and to treat one another as equals.
9. Parents have the right to be contacted quickly in the event of emergency or injury.
10. Parents have the right to expect that their care provider will do everything possible to protect their child from household hazards and dangerous activities.
11. Parents have the right to meet and get to know the adults that will be in contact with their child while he or she is in care.
12. Parents have the right to expect that their child will never be physically punished by their care provider. Parents have the right to expect that any discipline will be carried out age-appropriately, constructively, and respectfully.
Parents, these rights are yours for the taking. Be informed and ensure that your child receives the best possible care.