Although the table talk sessions have come to a close, the three surveys for parents and caregivers, child care operators, and child care educators are available to complete until July 15, 2020. Written submissions can be emailed to MLA Tracy Allard - the MLA responsible for conducting the consultations - at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To note, the parents and caregivers survey can also be completed by someone who is "not currently a parent or caregiver, but has an interest in this topic" and the operators survey can also be completed by someone who is a "representative from a stakeholder organization."
It is important to keep in mind that although the surveys all have a thread of "removing red tape", that may not be what is in the best interest of children.
Many stakeholders are also submitting formal recommendations to the Minister of Children's Services. As they become available for the public to view, AECEA will be adding them to the website here. Parents who are keen to get involved may appreciate you sharing these documents with them.
The Supports to Early Learning and Child Care Programs Network has prepared some documents for sharing information with parents and advertising the surveys, please see below for those documents:
Another key document to share with parents is the Child Care Resource and Research Unit's paper on "What Does Research Tell Us About Quality in Child Care?" which can be found here. Alternatively, the website "Finding Quality Child Care: A Guide for Parents in Canada" also has some great research and supports for parents to show what quality in child care looks like.
In our June 23, 2020 AECEA Connect webinar, educators were able to share what they were doing to encourage parents to complete the survey. A summary of these ideas can be found below: