The following books are all available at the Kingston Public Library. Most include information on how to rate individual child care providers; some include useful check lists that can be brought along on visits. Most of these books come from the Central branch's Parenting section, which is a good place to browse for resources. It is located on the top floor along with the children's books.
Andre, Therese and Cheryl Neave. The Complete Canadian Day Care Guide. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992.
Cochran, Eva and Mon Cochran. Child Care that Works. Beltsville, MD: Robins Lane Press, 2000.
Breese, Charlotte and Hilaire Gomer. The Good Nanny Guide: The Complete Handbook on Nannies, Au-Pairs, Mother’s Helps, and Child Minders. London: Vermilion,1993.
Kaiser, Barbara and Judy Sklar Rasminsky. The Daycare Handbook: A Parents’ Guide to Finding and Keeping Quality Daycare in Canada. Boston; Toronto: Little, Brown, 1991.
Sissons, Brenda L. and Heather McDowall Black. Choosing with Care: Canadian Parents’ Practical Guide to Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers. Don Mills, ON: Addison-Wesley, 1992.
Canadian Parents Online (http://www.canadianparents.com)
This is a website for parents that includes practical information about family, child rearing, meal planning, and activity ideas. It also includes chat rooms and discussion boards.
Coordinated Access for Child Care (http://www.cafcc.on.ca/)
This website provides centralized information about child care in the Hamilton area. However, it also has extensive information about the types of available child care, how to rate them, and the terminology you might encounter. It also has a common sense version of the Day Nurseries Act, which is the legislation that governs most licensed child care facilities.