Admission to Humber Child Development Centre
The following steps will help you to begin your journey with us at Humber Child Development Centre:
- Fill out a waitlist application form – most families wait from 6 months to a year for a space.
- If you are interested in applying for a child care subsidy with the City of Toronto, you should do that now too. Only residents of Toronto qualify for subsidy at our centre.
- Email us to ensure that we have received your waitlist application. Call or email about every 3 months to see if space is becoming available. firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will receive a call or email from us if a space is becoming available, respond immediately and make an appointment to come in and meet with us and have a tour of the program.
- Determine a start date and a week for transition visits. Transition visits help childcare to begin smoothly for both your child and your family.
- You will be given a parent package of information to read and fill out. When you come in for your first transition day – please bring your package of information.
- Family information can change – please keep the centre informed when phone numbers, addresses or people who can pick up change.
Introducing Your Child to Humber Child Development Centre
A child’s first experience in child care is a very exciting one. It takes time for each child to become comfortable in his/her new environment. The following tips can be helpful for everyone during the initial separation:
- Prepare your child in advance for the first day of care. Talk to them about the kinds of things they will be doing.
- Reassure them that you will stay with them for a while on the first day. Please plan for this if possible.
- Say goodbye to them when you are leaving. Tell them that you will be back to pick them up.
- If you tell them you are coming early to pick them up, make sure you do come early.
The staff is always available and would like to be able to alleviate any fears or concerns you might have. We encourage you to ask any questions you might have regarding such things as programming or guidance. The knowledge will help you feel more comfortable which in turn will help your child feel more comfortable. Spend some time in the observation areas if you can. You will see that it usually only takes a few minutes for children to settle themselves and become engaged in play.