Make sure your child is safe and well cared for. Consider the child's age and development level, the safety of the home environment and neighbourhood and accessibility of parents, adults, friends and neighbours in case of an emergency.
ANSWERING THE DOOR
Children should not answer the door or telephone when parents are not at home
Local community services have additional programming and activities for children during March Break and can provide information on daycare options.
KITH AND KIN
Trusted neighbours, neighbourhood associations, family or friends may collaborate on organizing activities or supervising chilren.
Learn about what your child is doing on the Internet, set reasonable guidelines and keep the computer in a family room. Ensure children do not give out personal information online such as their real name (use a screen name instead), address, phone number, school name or location. Caution children never to meet anyone from a chat room in person.
When hiring a baby/child-sitter, parents should check references, consider the baby/child sitter's age, knowledge of child care and training and assess caregiver to child ratios.
LOCAL CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY
When in doubt about leaving your child at home alone or if you have questions, call your local Children's Aid Society.