Parent Issues and Concerns Policy and ProceduresDate Policy and Procedures Established: June 28, 2017
The purpose of this policy is to provide a transparent process for parents/guardians, Discovery Child Care Program and staff to use when parents/guardians bring forward issues/concerns.
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 the staff, Site Supervisors, and the Executive Director 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 two (2) business days. 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.
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).
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
The Discovery Program shall immediately report, or cause to be reported, to the appropriate Children's Aid Society, any case of suspected child abuse to a child attending our program. Abuse is defined as (a) physical injury or neglect of the child, (b) an act or omission resulting in emotional disability of a permanent nature, (c) sexual exploitation of the child with or without the child's consent.
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:
E.g: schedule, sleep arrangements, toilet training, indoor/outdoor program activities, feeding arrangements, etc.
- 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 (2) business days.
- 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.
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.
- 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-Related
Raise 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 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 the Executive Director and/ or 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.