Parent Issues & Concerns Policy & Procedures

Name of Child Care Centre: Building Blocks Nursery School
Date Policy and Procedures Established: August 25 2017
Date Policy and Procedures Updated: August 25 2017

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a transparent process for parents/guardians, the child care licensee and staff to use when parents/guardians bring forward issues/concerns.

Definitions

Licensee: The individual or agency licensed by the Ministry of Education responsible for the operation and management of each child care centre it operates (i.e. the operator).
Building Blocks Nursery School is the licensee.

Staff: Individuals employed by the licensee (e.g. program room staff).

Karen Sanger, Joanne Freer, Cathy Sookhoo, Linda Nunes, Lorraine Quibell, Julie Kuehni  and Jennifer Lam (supply staff).

Policy

General

Parents/guardians are encouraged to take an active role in our child care centre 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 and ongoing communication with parents/guardians about the program and their children. Our staff are 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 all staff and the owners of Building Blocks Nursery School 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 as soon as possible and at most within 1-2 business day(s). 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 Children’s Aid Society).

Conduct

Our centre maintains high standards for positive interaction, communication and role-modeling for children. Harassment and discrimination will therefore not be tolerated from any party.
If at any point a parent/guardian, provider or staff feels 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 Children’s Aid Society (CAS) directly.
Persons who become aware of such concerns are also responsible for reporting this information to CAS as per the “Duty to Report” requirement under the Child and Family Services Act.
For more information, visit http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/childrensaid/reportingabuse/index.aspx

Procedures

Nature of Issue or Concern

Steps 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, toilet training, indoor/outdoor program activities, feeding arrangements, etc.

 

Raise the issue or concern to

  • the classroom staff directly

or

  • the supervisor or licensee: Karen sanger and/or Joanne Freer.
  • Address the issue/concern at the time it is raised

or

  • arrange for a meeting with the parent/guardian within 1-2 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: child care fees,  hours of operation, staffing, waiting lists, menus, etc.

Raise the issue or concern to

  • the supervisor or licensee: Karen sanger and/or Joanne Freer.

Staff, Supervisor, and/or Licensee-Related

Raise the issue or concern to

  • the individual directly

or

  • the supervisor or licensee: Karen sanger and/or Joanne Freer.

All issues or concerns about the conduct of staff 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-Related

Raise the issue or concern to

  • the staff responsible for supervising the volunteer or student

or

  • the supervisor and/or licensee: Karen sanger and/or Joanne Freer.
  • All issues or concerns about the conduct of students and/or volunteers 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.

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 Karen Sanger (Owner/Supervisor) or Joanne Freer (Owner), Building Blocks Nursery School, 85 Sandalwood Parkway, Brampton, Ont, L6Z 4S3.

Issues/concerns related to compliance with requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act., 2014 and Ontario Regulation 137/15should 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.

Contacts:
Building Blocks Nursery school:  Karen Sanger (Owner/Supervisor) or Joanne Freer (Owner), Building Blocks Nursery School, 85 Sandalwood Parkway, Brampton, On, L6Z 4S3. [insert information, e.g. agency/organization contacts, supervisor and/or individual who oversees the programs, ministries and local authorities, professional membership bodies]
Ministry of Education, Licensed Child Care Help Desk: 1-877-510-5333 or childcare_ontario@ontario.ca
College of Early Childhood Education: Suite 1900, 438 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 2K8 Phone 416-961-8558

Regulatory Requirements: Ontario Regulation 137/15
Parent issues and concerns
45.1  Every licensee shall ensure that there are written policies and procedures that set out how parents’ issues and concerns will be addressed, including details regarding,
(a)  the steps for parents to follow when they have an issue or concern to bring forward to the licensee;
(b)  the steps to be followed by a licensee and its employees in responding to an issue or concern brought forward by a parent; and
(c)  when an initial response to the issue or concern will be provided. O. Reg. 126/16, s. 31.

Parent handbook
45.(1) Every licensee shall have a parent handbook for each child care centre or home child care agency it operates which shall include,
(a.2) a copy of the licensee’s policies and procedures required under section 45.1 regarding how parents’ issues and concerns will be addressed;

Intent
This provision is intended to provide licensees and parents with a clear and transparent procedure to follow when a parent has brought forward an issue or concern they wish to have addressed by the licensee.

Disclaimer: This document is a sample of a policy and procedure that has been prepared to assist licensees in understanding their obligations under the CCEYA and O. Reg. 137/15.  It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that the information included in this document is appropriately modified to reflect the individual circumstances and needs of each child care centre it operates.

Please be advised that this document does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. The information provided in this document does not impact the Ministry’s authority to enforce the CCEYA and its regulations. Ministry staff will continue to enforce such legislation based on the facts as they may find them at the time of any inspection or investigation.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure compliance with all applicable legislation. If the licensee requires assistance with respect to the interpretation of the legislation and its application, the licensee may wish to consult legal counsel.