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Hi,<br>
I'm trying to find a home daycare for my 15 month old DD, but don't know where to look.<br><br>
Food is important, as she's sensitive to some and doesn't eat cow's milk product (some goat), so I'm looking for someone who gives the kids healthy, whole food...<br><br>
any recommendations?<br>
maybe a nanny that can take an extra kid with such nature?<br><br>
thanks<br>
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I'm in Toronto but we use a home daycare through an agency called Wee Watch <a href="http://www.weewatch.com" target="_blank">http://www.weewatch.com</a> They are regulated, do surprise home visits, background checks on the providers, give them everything they need to take care of the children. We have had a great experience with them and they have providers all over the place. You would just call them or go online and register (there is a fee of I think $50 for them to match you up with providers in your area with your requirements for schedule etc) then you interview the providers and make your decision from there. We pay $44/day.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm in Toronto but we use a home daycare through an agency called Wee Watch <a href="http://www.weewatch.com" target="_blank">http://www.weewatch.com</a><br>
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I used another agency with exactly the same set up as Wee Watch that services the west end. There are a couple of agencies that each handle different areas but I'm pretty sure Wee Watch would handle Thornhill. Anyway, I just wanted to add my 2 cents for this kind of set up. It worked wonderfully for us when DS was little. The homecare provider we chose had 4 kids at that time: DS who was 6 months, a 5 year old who was in half day kindergarten, his 3 year old sister, and a 2 year old little boy. They went to the park or to a drop in centre at the school almost everyday. The agency really encouraged the providers to use the resources in the community like the library and the community centres. The drop in centre was like a little community of kids with parents or care providers with programming led by a teacher, I think they call them "Family Literacy Centres" now. They went to the store with her, or to get her hair cut. She did crafts with them, they all played together in her backyard. It was just like a family. My son got his naps everyday, she gave him the food I brought until he was fully on solids. Her menu was healthy for the most part - no junk food but a lot of white bread - I know she would have been open to suggestions if I wanted to make it an issue. You would be able to discuss this stuff up front and make sure that the provider is a good match for your dietary needs. The agency arranged training courses for her a couple of times a year like a first aid refresher course, she'd taken some courses through MotherCare which is an excellent organisation. If she was sick or on vacation the agency arranged for another caregiver in our area to take them. We had full approval on who they used and luckily for us our providers sister-in-law was with the same agency and right down the street. You pay the agency so the whole money issue is between you and the agency, and you get your tax receipts promptly. Our provider had been working with the agency for 9 years and had 3 grown children of her own. We had a support person from the agency that checked in on her and with us regularly so if there were any issues they were handled very sensitively. They also had a toy bank so the provider had new toys periodically to add something new to the mix.<br><br>
We absolutely loved it and still go back to visit her and her family (DS was the big kid when her grand daughter was born and she's like a little sister to him - so cute). And my son is still good friends with a girl who he was with at this day care for 3 years. I only moved him to a centre when he was 5 because I felt he needed more activities than she could provide while juggling smaller children.<br><br>
So that was a lot more than 2 cents but I am really passionate about promoting this child care option. I think we are really lucky to have it.<br><br>
Liz
 
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