What is a child care centre?
A child care centre is a place where care is provided for up to 60 children on either a part-time or full-time basis. Child care centres must be licensed before they can open.
Child care, child minding, or daycare is the caring for and supervision of a child or children, usually ranging from age six weeks to age thirteen. Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, nannies, babysitter, teachers or other providers. Child care is a broad topic that covers a wide spectrum of professionals, institutions, contexts, activities, social and cultural conventions. Early child care is an equally important and often overlooked component of child development. Child care providers can be our children’s first teachers, and therefore play an integral role in our systems of early childhood education. Quality care from a young age can have a huge impact on the future successes of children.
What qualifications do staff need to have?
Staff working with children need to hold Child Care Services Certification. The level of certification is based on an assessment of each person’s academic achievement in Early Childhood Education. The required level of certification and amount of experience vary according to the level of responsibility.