Heart of the Family 150 Licensed Day Care Shut Down by Ministry in Cornwall Ontario – June 1, 2013
CFN – Heart of the Family, a 24 hour daycare facility licensed for up to 150 children has been shut down by order of the Director for the purposes of the Day Nurseries Act.
Friday officials shut down the facility with parents left with the weekend to find places for their tots.
Sexualized behaviors, lost children and other issues reported by CAS of SD&G. Playing and possibly ingesting cleaning fluid?
Sounds like some disgruntled former employee(s) had something to share.
List of what it will take to reopen.
Families of children that went to HOF have created a Facebook page. LINK License info LINK
Calls starting Friday night to HOF from CFN have not been returned as of press time.
Judy Rose, Executive Director of A Child’s Secret Garden Day Care sent in the following statement;
We are working on increasing our occupancy so we can accommodate some of the displaced families. The installation of the required additional sinks will be completed early next week. Once that is done, there is a plumbing inspection and a final inspection by the chief building official.
After we get the new occupancy letter, we will then submit it for review by the Ministry of Education. We are doing our very best to assist the families and child care services . We only have 2 spaces, and they are already spoken for.
It is unfortunate that a centre has so many violations. That is what happens when the director is not a registered early childhood educator. Quality programs do not operate that way. Everything is transparent. Parents need to know that their child is in a safe and secure environment.
It saddens me that young, helpless children were put in harm’s way. That is not who we in child care are. We do not hurt innocent children. This is the first time in our community that we have had a negative impact in our field. Parents should know that not all child care centres operate in this manner. There are some very excellent centres and educators working in the field.
Tips for choosing child care:
Ask for references
Visit unexpectedly during the day.
Look for the diplomas on the walls.
Look for certification in first aid and CPR.
Speak to the director if you have any concerns.
Visit the Ministry of Education website for information on Child Care Centres.