Vision and Terms of Reference

Committee Terms of Reference


The City and County of Peterborough early learning and child care sector supports the enrichment of healthy environments for children. The early learning and child care community continues to support engagement as a foundation for developing specific goals and strategies to provide knowledge of best practice.


The Mission

Making a difference in the outcomes for children through knowledge transfer and promoting best practice quality assurance and professionalism.


The Vision

 ‘An integrated, community system will support healthy early learning and child care environments.’                                                                                                                                We:

  • Explore solutions to the unmet needs in the early childhood education community which impact on healthy environments
  • Serve as an advisory group and partnered link with the City of Peterborough Business Partners, City of Peterborough Child Care Supervisor’s Network
  • Form working groups as needed to further the work of the Committee
  • Guide evaluation of initiatives;
  • Participate in knowledge transfer.


 Investing In Quality: Early Learning and Child Care-Peterborough Follows These Principles:

  • A community systems approach is an effective strategy – by working together, we can ensure the well-being of all children. It is essential to demonstrate that we value all children by embracing practices and procedures that are free of deliberate or unintentional (systemic) barriers, so that no one is disadvantaged.
  • The community system will build on existing strengths of individuals and organizations, by committing to an engaged partnership in the process of developing quality assurance and professional education.  
  • Initiatives and projects are evaluated to support efficacy, sustainability so that others can benefit from our experience and lessons learned.
  • All child development and child care endeavours must be accessible, adaptable and flexible, and based on research and best practices.



The Role of Investing in Quality: Early Learning and Child Care-Peterborough

The Committee is primarily an advisory group. It endeavours to be responsive to community needs and to explore options to sustain projects it initiates, beyond the project term. All members fulfill in-kind commitments.

The Scope

  • Early child learning and child care for all children 0 to 12 years of age, their parents/caregivers (1), including those with special needs, and those from Francophone, aboriginal or culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds (excludes junior and senior kindergarten).
  • All Early Learning and Child Care programs and regulated home child care services, who are involved with children 0 to 12 years.
  • Programs and services for older children because children must be nurtured through transitions and healthy child development must be supported long past the early years.
  • Programs and organizations with a mandate to serve families with young children. 
  • Sectors directly or indirectly related to the health and well-being of children, including but not limited to, education, health, housing, employment, social services, planners and funders.


Structure of the Committee

The IIQ Committee meets monthly from September to June, providing leadership to and/or participating in other related ad hoc committees in the community.


Role of the Chair

  • Facilitates meetings;
  • Speaks on behalf of IIQ initiatives  (Note:  depending on the subject matter, the Chair may defer to another Committee member);
  • Facilitates effective and open decision-making;
  • Facilitates collaboration;
  • Brings forward matters relevant to IIQ’s mission, vision and activities.



IIQ membership is flexible and cross-sectoral. The goal is to bring balanced perspective to IIQ through membership and to create an organization that renews itself and encourages new people to become involved. Membership will reflect a broad range from the community such as rural, urban, single-site, multi-site, home child care, First Nations, Francophone and Special Needs and  Family Supports. Membership may include individuals who serve as members at large.

Committee Size

The committee will be between 10 to 12 members.

Term of Membership

Two years, renewable. Membership will be reviewed each year in June for those interested in continuing. Terms will be renewed in September, with new members coming on at that time.


Decision Making

As the group’s primary role is as an advisory committee, IIQ follows a consensus model. Ideas, strategies and plans are discussed openly by those present.

Notice of Meetings

Annually, in September of each year, a meeting schedule will be determined. Agendas, minutes and written reports will be circulated via e-mail prior to meeting.

Formation of Working Groups

Working groups will be formed as needed to carry out specific goals of the IIQ (for example: annual Inspiring Early Learning Conference – IELC).  An IIQ committee member will be chosen to sit on the working group and will report on progress to the IIQ committee.

Working group membership will strive to reflect the unique composition and broad range of perspectives in our community whenever possible.

(1)  Caregivers refer to parents, grandparents, foster parents, child care providers and community services that care for children on a cull or part time basis.

Click to view: IIQ Strategic Plan 2015 Final