We are pleased to offer childcare services to our members and prospective members at Tuesday meetings.
To help make the service more affordable, childcare is subsidized by our fundraising efforts. This allows us to offer babysitting for only $5 for your first child and an additional $2 for siblings per Tuesday meeting.
For your convenience, you may purchase a pre-paid card of 10 childcare sessions. This alleviates the need to bring cash to each meeting. Alternatively, you may pay-as-you-go with cash as required.
Payment may be submitted via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (please use security password MOMS2019). Payment by cash or cheque may also be submitted at any Tuesday meeting.
Our experienced sitters are dedicated to ensuring that your child has a pleasant experience. All of our sitters have been with the group for many years. They are required to have a first aid certification as well as a vulnerable sector police records check. They provide age-appropriate toys to play with, and love getting to know all our children.
The Childcare Rooms
We offer childcare for infants through to age 4. There is a space and dedicated staff for infants (no minimum age) through early walkers, including a separate quiet napping/nursing room. There is a space and staff for active walkers through preschoolers. The childcare room is conveniently located on the same floor as the meeting room.
While a child is in the childcare rooms, his/her mom must be present in the building at all times.
For safety reasons (e.g., spilling of hot beverages), to provide moms with ‘mom-only’ time, and to minimize disruption for our speakers, we ask that only young infants (under four months) stay in the moms’ meeting room. We are all moms, so we understand that babies cry. We do ask out of respect for our speakers and others, that if your baby becomes disruptive, you step out of the room for a few minutes to soothe them. You are welcome to use our childcare for babies under five months if you wish - there is no minimum age. Please use our wonderful childcare for all babies that are four months or older.
Should your baby require your comfort, a feeding or a diaper change, a sitter will come and request you from the meeting room. All diaper changes must be made at the diaper changing station located in the family washroom on the main floor.
Please also see here for additional Meeting Guidelines.
Sign In / Out
At each visit, you are required to sign in and sign out each child in the attendance binder at drop-off and pickup. In the unlikely event there is an emergency, we use the attendance binder to ensure that all children are accounted for and, if necessary, have safely evacuated the building. The accuracy of the attendance information is critical to the safety of children, moms and first responders. Childcare nametags are available at the welcome desk in the moms’ meeting room; please make sure your child has a nametag affixed to their back each week.
Labeling, Snacks and Allergies
A snack of Arrowroot cookies is provided during the session. Children are welcome to bring a sippy cup with water to accompany the provided snack. Due to allergy concerns, we request that you not bring in outside food or drinks other than water for your child.
Please also be advised that we will respect any allergies brought to our attention to the best of our abilities. However, North Toronto Moms Group cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment.
Please write your child’s name on their sippy cup and any other personal items to ensure your items are used for your child only and are returned to you at the end of each session.
Should you or your child become sick, we ask that you stay home and delay your visit until another time. According to these guidelines from Toronto Public Health, it is recommended to stay home if you or your child are sick and suffer from ANY of the following:
• runny eyes, rash, persistent cough, or green-coloured mucus
• fever (even low-grade) within the last 24 hours
• diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
We conduct a fire drill each Fall to be prepared for a fire emergency. Moms with children in childcare are responsible for safely escorting their children out of the building to their designated waiting areas until we have permission to re-enter the building. Complete instructions are provided on our registration day and prior to our Fall fire drill. Please click here for additional information.