It's a fact. Research shows that high-quality child care plays a positive and long-lasting role in the social and intellectual development of children, no matter what their social, cultural and economic background.
Lack of access to high-quality child care can place a lot of stress on working parents. They may worry about their children's well-being while at work, and they may experience conflicts with employers and co-workers due to lateness or absences. Lack of high-quality child care also keeps women from entering and participating fully in the paid labour force.
But what does high-quality care look like?
Whether it is provided in a home or group setting, high-quality child care has common features:
High-quality child care providers foster good relationships with parents, this means that:
Caregivers are the key to quality. Look for the following:
Parents should insist on high-quality child care. Everybody benefits from high-quality child care—not just children and parents but all levels of society. It's the key to healthy early development. Don't settle for less. It's what your children and your family deserve.