Casual Child Care Program Enhancements
Child, Youth & Parenting Team
The H&R MFRC is pleased to support military families with a variety of child care options, including the casual care program. The casual care program is an on-site, un-licensed (not provincially regulated) child care program for children ages 3 months to 12 years. This program is largely subsidized by the H&R MFRC to cover program operating costs while ensuring affordable, quality care for families.
We believe in providing quality care to all children attending our casual care program. Starting April 1st, 2017, we will be making a few enhancements to our program.
Hours of Care
In response to families’ feedback about the program’s operating hours, we will “trial” the following hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 8:30am to 1pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 1pm to 4pm
Halifax Site (no change)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm
Fridays: 1pm to 4pm
In cases of emergency or special appointments we will endeavor to accommodate families’ requests during hours not listed above. This accommodation will be dependent on staff availability.
Cost / Fees
To ensure our child care services are affordable and accessible, we will not raise the cost for families. Hourly fees will remain the same:
$5/hour for children under 18 months
$4/hour for children 18 months or older
However, as of April 1st, 2017, families will be asked to pay per session (minimum fee based on 3 hours). For further details please review the Casual Care Parent Handbook.
Programming and Staff Investment
We have re-allocated our staffing resources to have one Casual Care Coordinator who will oversee the Casual Care programs for both sites. This enhancement ensures consistency in the registration process, programming and staff training standards. Our goal in 2017 is to enhance the quality of programming offered during casual care sessions by increasing the social and learning opportunities we provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t you be open all day?
The casual care program is an on-site, un-licensed child care program, meaning it is not provincially regulated, and therefore must adhere to different standards than our provincially licensed Child Care Centres. The most important reason is suitability; the rooms are simply not equipped with necessary items to support children all day such as naps and meals.
Why can’t I book my children into more sessions?
Based on families’ feedback, accessibility is a priority. To ensure all families have equal access to casual care, we must limit the number of sessions families can register.
Why can’t you take more children?
In the province of Nova Scotia, an un-licensed child care program is limited to no more than 6 children in care at one time.
What if I have an appointment that goes over the lunch time?
The H&R MFRC recognizes that families might have unique circumstances which may require casual care support outside the regular hours and guidelines. Special Arrangements may be considered by the Casual Care Coordinator based on the circumstances of the request and staff availability. Additional fees may be charged to cover these special arrangements. Families wanting to inquire about special arrangements are to contact the Casual Care Coordinator.
When do you close due to weather?
During the school year, the H&R MFRC follows the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) closures due to inclement weather. Over the summer, should there be a weather-related need to close, we will notify our community via our Facebook page and website.
Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Please contact Tanya Chevrier, Casual Care Coordinator by phone at 902-427-7796 (Halifax) or 902-720- 1040 (Shearwater), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Families are also encouraged to read the Casual Care Parent Handbook for more information.