Gov’t of Saskatchewan: Choosing Child Care

How Do I Choose Quality Child Care for My Child?

It’s one of the most common and frequently questions asked! Finding the right fit and programs for your child’s early childhood education is important, but can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start or what questions to ask.

The Government of Saskatchewan has several links to helpful articles. I hope this helps you! 


How Do I Choose Quality Child Care for My Child?

Good quality child care services provide a safe, healthy environment and support the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children.  When looking for good quality child care services for your child, you should identify your needs, your priorities for child care and the needs of your child. Visit the daycare or family daycare home and discuss your expectations with potential child care providers and check references before deciding which service to use.  Some factors to consider when choosing good quality child care are:

  • Is the home/centre clean and safe?
  • How many children are being cared for by each caregiver?
  • How does the caregiver supervise the children?
  • What is the caregiver’s knowledge of child development?
  • How does the caregiver manage the children’s behaviour?
  • Is there a program plan? What activities do the children participate in and are they developmentally appropriate?
  • Is the caregiver easy to communicate with?
  • Is the caregiver licensed by the Early Learning and Child Care Branch of the Ministry of Education?

Further information is available from the Child Care regional office closest to you .

SECA: Helping parents choose and manage child care

Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA)

“The Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) is a non-profit membership-based organization dedicated to the support of high quality early childhood care, development and education. We believe that this requires a partnership among parents, caregiver, children, family, community and government. SECA provides education, research, resources and services to early childhood educators and those interested in the growth and development of children.”

This is a wonderful resource, filled with information, links and helpful tips on choosing the right child care for you and your family. It is a large file, but is very much worthwhile to read, as it answers many child care questions.

To view the pdf, please Click Here.