Parents/guardians are encouraged to take an active role in our child care center and regularly discuss what their child(ren) are experiencing with our program. As supported by our program statement, we support positive and responsive interactions among the children, parents/guardians, child care providers and staff, and foster the engagement of an ongoing communication with parents/guardians about the program and their children. Our staff is available to engage parents/guardians in conversations and support a positive experience during every interaction.

All issues and concerns raised by parents/guardians are taken seriously by The Oaks staff and will be addressed. Every effort will be made to address and resolve issues and concerns to the satisfaction of all parties and as quickly as possible.

Issues/concerns may be brought forward verbally or in writing. Responses and outcomes will be provided verbally, or in writing upon request. The level of detail provided to the parent/guardian will respect and maintain the confidentiality of all parties involved.

An initial response to an issue or concern will be provided to parents/guardians within 1 business day or when the child attends the center again following the concern. The person who raised the issue/concern will be kept informed throughout the resolution process.

Investigations of issues and concerns will be fair, impartial and respectful to parties involved.

Confidentiality:
Every issue and concern will be treated confidentially and every effort will be made to protect the privacy of parents/guardians, children, staff, students and volunteers, except when information must be disclosed for legal reasons (e.g. to the Ministry of Education, College of Early Childhood Educators, law enforcement authorities or a Family and Children’s Services).

Conduct:
Our center maintains high standards for positive interaction, communication, and role-modeling for children. Harassment and discrimination will therefore not be tolerated by any party.

If at any point a parent/guardian, provider or staff feel uncomfortable, threatened, abused or belittled, they may immediately end the conversation and report the situation to the supervisor and/or licensee.

Concerns about the Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a child:
Everyone, including members of the public and professionals who work closely with children, is required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.

If a parent/guardian expresses concerns that a child is being abused or neglected, the parent will be advised to contact the local Family and Children’s Services (FACS) directly.

Persons who become aware of such concerns are also responsible for reporting this information to FACS as per the “Duty to Report” requirement under the Child and Family Services Act.

Procedure:

Nature of Issue or ConcernSteps for Parent and/or Guardian to Report Issue/Concern:Steps for Staff and/or Licensee in responding to issue/concern:
Program Room-Related
E.g: schedule, sleep arrangements, toilet training, indoor/outdoor program activities, feeding arrangements, etc.
Raise the issue or concern to

- the classroom staff directly

or

- the supervisor or licensee.
- Address the issue/concern at the time it is raised

or

- Arrange for a meeting with the parent/guardian within two business days.

Document the issues/concerns in detail.
Documentation should include:
- the date and time the issue/concern was received;

- the name of the person who received the issue/concern;

- the name of the person reporting the issue/concern;

- the details of the issue/concern; and

- any steps taken to resolve the issue/concern and/or information given to the parent/guardian regarding next steps or referral.

Provide contact information for the appropriate person if the person being notified is unable to address the matter.

Ensure the investigation of the issue/concern is initiated by the appropriate party within [insert number] business days or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter. Document reasons for delays in writing.

Provide a resolution or outcome to the parent(s)/guardian(s) who raised the issue/concern.
General, Centre or Operations-Related
E.g: childcare fees, hours of operation, staffing, waiting lists, menus, etc.
Raise the issue or concern to

- the supervisor or licensee.
Staff, Duty parent, Supervisor, and/or Licensee RelatedRaise the issue or concern to

- the individual directly

or

- the supervisor or licensee.

All issues or concerns about the conduct of staff, duty parents, etc. that puts a child’s health, safety and well-being at risk should be reported to the supervisor as soon as parents/guardians become aware of the situation.
Student / Volunteer-RelatedRaise the issue or concern to

- the staff responsible for supervising the volunteer or student

or

- the supervisor and/or licensee.

All issues or concerns about the conduct of students and/or volunteers that put a child’s health, safety and well-being at risk should be reported to the supervisor as soon as parents/guardians become aware of the situation.

Escalation of Issues or Concerns: 

Where parents/guardians are not satisfied with the response or outcome of an issue or concern, they may escalate the issue or concern verbally or in writing to Tabitha Fellman- tfellman@cvcf.ca.

Contacts:

Kylie Portaccio – Supervisor theoaks@cvcf.ca

Tabitha Fellman – tfellman@cvcf.ca

Ministry of Education, Licensed Child Care Help Desk: 1-877- 510-5333 or childcare_ontario@ontario.ca

Vineyard Office 519-740- 8463 for information on current Chairperson/Board of Directors

Issues/concerns related to compliance with requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act., 2014 and Ontario Regulation 137/15 should be reported to the Ministry of Education’s Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Branch.

Issues/concerns may also be reported to other relevant regulatory bodies (e.g. local public health department, police department, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Labour, fire department, College of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario College of Teachers, College of Social Workers etc.) where appropriate.