Assessments of LINC Childminding programs are conducted once a year by CMAS. CMAS works with each LINC Childminding program to review practices and identify any areas that do not meet the standards of the National LINC Childminding Requirements (NLCR).
The CMAS assessment is a transparent, inclusive monitoring and support process to help LINC Childminding facilities meet the NLCR in the areas of:
- child health and safety
- staffing and supervision.
Steps in the Assessment Process
- Getting Ready
- Every January, each Service Provider Organization (SPO) receives a “Welcome Back” letter and package , which includes information on the upcoming yearly assessment. Included in the “Welcome Back” package is a list of support documents that will assist the childminding program in meeting the NLCR. The letter and package is sent to both the LINC Coordinator (or Executive Director) and the Lead Childminder.
- Shortly after the “Welcome Back” letter and package arrives, the childminding program receives a phone call from the CMAS Assessment Consultant and an assessment visit is booked. The Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Project Officer responsible for the SPO is invited to attend the assessment visit.
- Two weeks prior to the assessment visit, a confirmation letter arrives with a list of the required documentation to complete the assessment.
- The CMAS Assessment Consultant conducts the assessment; meets with the LINC Coordinator and Lead Childminder to develop a Plan of Action (when necessary) to discuss ways to address those areas which do not meet the requirements and to discuss any recommendations.
- A copy of the assessment and the POA (if there is one) are left with the SPO and also forwarded to the CIC Project Officer.
- Based on timelines and tasks in the POA, further documentation is forwarded to the CMAS Assessment Consultant as tasks are completed.
In late fall, consultants close out the file by sending a letter to CIC and the organization.