Home visitors are qualified early childhood staff of the Family and Child Care Connections' Family Child Care Agency who screen, monitor and support family child care providers. Every agency-affiliated and approved child care provider will be assigned a home visitor who will visit the family child care home once a month as required by the Child Care Services Legislation and more as required by the family child care provider.
Prior to Approval
Home visitors provide valuable help to child care providers during the process to become approved by the Family Child Care Agency. They help family child care providers understand how the Child Care Services Legislation works and provide a list of documents and inspections the provider needs to gain approval.
During the approval process, home visitors provide ongoing advice related to the home set-up, program activities and professional development. These consultations are offered at no charge. Help can be provided all along the approval process, which can take from two to six months.
For more information about the approval process, see Approval Process.
After the approval is completed
The role of home visitors is to help the family child care provider maintain a high quality child care environment.
Home visitors visit the family child care home at least once a month or as required by the provider. A written home visit report is given to the child care provider after every home visit to allow the opportunity for positive feedback and reminders of issues that have been discussed. The home visitor also leaves a parent friendly report for the parents to see there had been a visit.
In addition to home visits, the home visitor supports the child care providers by providing opportunities for discussion through telephone conversations, and at drop-in playgroups, networking events, and training sessions. These opportunities foster positive relationships between the home visitor and family child care providers as well as helping to deal with present or ongoing issues.