Family Care Plan

Family Care Plan

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Family Care Plan

When developing a Family Care Plan, start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering - a child care center, care in someone else's home or having someone come to your home - finding the right child care option can take some time. Look at your schedule and determine if you will need care during off hours, nights or weekends or if you have the possibility of frequent or short tasking’s. You should be developing a plan that takes into consideration care in the event that your primary care provider is not available.

Things to take into consideration when developing a Family Care Plan:
  • It is important that you understand what an emergency is as determined by the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre. An emergency is defined as a complete failure of your Family Care Plan ie; both primary and back up care plans. Lack of planning does not constitute an emergency.
  • Family Care plans need to cover care during deployment/training, short notice tasking and the regular workday.
  • If your primary care provider is your spouse or partner you need to develop a plan that takes into consideration:  a. who will provide care if she/he is ill b. what are his her work requirements
  • If your primary care provider is a daycare facility or a home childcare provider who will provide care if the centre is closed for a statutory holiday or the home care provider is taking vacation or is ill.
  • The Trenton Military Family Resource Center’s Emergency Childcare Program or the Daycare cannot be listed as part of your family care plan. We can only assist you with care due to a complete failure of your care plan and even then cannot always guarantee that we can provide care.
  • If you have the possibility of needing care outside of the regular work day frequently, you should begin planning for this in your regular budget. Dual military service couples or single parent members should speak to their orderly room to determine if any funding is available through the Family Care Assistance plan. As well, take into consideration that if you leave quickly and are gone for more than 24 hours you may need to have funds available to the care provider for any expenses that may occur during your absence.
  • Complete the Emergency Child Care plan form provided by the Trenton MFRC. This form gives extensive details about your child and their routines to a care provider and can be useful in the event that you have to leave quickly.
  • Emergency Planning is not just for your children. Have you taken into consideration adults that due to age or abilities may need extra assistance? What about pets?

Resources to seek childcare for back up or hours outside of regular day care times:
  • Wee Watch: Well established and respected child care Providers for over 30 years, a stimulating curriculum, qualified, trained, committed Providers, monitored clean, safe environment, licensed child care. 613-475-0488
  • Family Space: Family Space Licensed Home Child Care Program has been available to area parents for over thirty years. Many parents tell us that they believe Licensed Home Child Care offers the best of both worlds – that is the benefits of a family atmosphere and individual attention combined with legislated standards of quality and safety.
  • We offer a Child Care Board next to reception in our foyer. Local child care providers post ads offering their child care services. Please note that these providers are not screened by the MFRC
  • Employment and Education Services: You may contact the MFRC directly to receive more information on how to advertise for child care through our employment program.