Supports to Licensed Child Care in Halton

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Quality First – The Halton Resource
Program Support Services Team – Halton
In-Centre Support Program – partners
Consultation and Support Team (cast) at
Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
Quality First is a quality early learning
initiative that creates a developmental
process for the improvement of children’s
programs in Halton. It includes training and
support for the development of new skills
and knowledge in six indicator areas.
Quality First Consultants are committed to
providing the Halton early learning
community with support for the ongoing
development of high quality child care
Quality First Consultants use consultation
techniques and strategies to develop a
coaching/mentoring relationship to support
programs based on the framework of the six
quality indicators using specific tools in the
work of the consultation process which
include observations and purposeful
Consultants provide long term support and
deliver specialized professional development
for participants and community based on QF
model activities.
Quality First Collaborates with other
agencies/programs working in the child care
programs to develop programs, consultation,
consistent approach, and project
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Provides support to the Halton early
childhood and school age community through
consultation and professional development.
Support is provided in an open and respectful
environment and is intended to support the
design and delivery of quality programs.
The Team supports the work of The Halton
Resource Connection through joint
operations, strategic visioning, program
development, professional development,
planning and implementation and specific
projects where requested.
Program Support Consultants provide
individualized consultation for programs and
program staff relating to the
operations/board development and
improvement of the program.
Classroom observations are completed using
various tools followed by consultation,
dialogue and action plan development.
Consultants provide customized professional
development opportunities for programs and
professional development training for the
larger child care community based on current
trends and community needs.
They also support community committees in
order to plan conferences, professional
development events and other special
projects for the Early Learning and Child Care
Halton Partners for Children with
Special Needs In-Centre Support
Program was created by the Halton
Partners agencies .
Halton Partnering agencies work
together to meet the diverse needs of
children in our community.
There are two parts to the In-Centre Support
Program that provide short term intensive
support to child care programs.
Preschool Facilitators provide intensive daily
short term support for 6-8 weeks alongside
centre staff in relation to children, program,
the overall environment and build on other
In conjunction with staff Preschool Facilitators
design and implement an action plan
including goals and staff responsibilities
before providing ongoing daily consultation,
coaching and modelling to staff regarding
class wide strategies to meet the identified
goals and action plan.
Assist staff to be aware of the needs of all the
children in the group supporting the
development of relationships, interactions
and social emotional skills with staff and
They direct staff to training opportunities
available within the community
Support Facilitators provide intensive short
term support to fully include a child or group
of children with identified needs over and
above typical classroom needs
If a community consultant from a Partners
agency is involved with the child or family, an
application can be made for support.
Collaboratively and with direction from the
community consultant the Support Facilitator
will support the introduction of strategic
approaches or interventions by coaching,
modelling or direct instruction given to a
maximum of 3 hours per day for 8-10 weeks.
Guidance will be given to child care staff to
increase their skills and strategies to enhance
the opportunity for inclusion of children with
special needs
As well as supporting the development of
relationships, interactions and social
emotional skills with staff and children.
Example question
What are the major differences between a
Preschool Facilitator and Support Facilitator?
Consultation And Support Team (CAST):
A team of clinicians meet with child care
centre staff to confidentially discuss specific
difficulties they are experiencing in their
programs relating to the mental health of a
particular child.
Centre Supervisor or staff, initiate
consultation with clinical staff regarding
mental health concerns with an anonymous
child in their program by calling the ROCK
intake line. This is done when a parent may
not be ready to seek help for their child.
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Intake and referral checklist is completed
Levels of support are determined using the
Community Model Supports to Child Care in
Service Coordination Form is completed
Services continue, service coordination
meetings are held as requested
We come to your program
Support is in your space, on your schedule,
with you involved
We provide the support in relation to your
Right service at the right time for the right
Coordinated services
Right service, right time, right reason
Common messages
Terminology consistent between programs
Navigating the services
Clarifying the system
Needs are clarified
Can enter in at any point and get referred to
others as needed
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