Did you know that the majority of parents in Alberta utilize private child care arrangements to meet their child care needs? Whether regulated childcare is unavailable in your community or a private child care arrangement better suits your lifestyle, you may have found yourself looking into private in-home child care. And not knowing what to look for in private child care, or how to ensure you’re choosing a quality child care program, may have you feeling a bit anxious or uncertain. Is private child care safe? What does quality private child care look like? How do I find a quality private dayhome? These questions can make the process of looking for child care feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
Embolden PDC is here to help you navigate the world of private child care.
Rest assured that with close to 30,000 private dayhomes needed to meet the demand for child care in Alberta, many parents rely on private in-home child care to meet their child care needs.
The major difference between private care and regulated care is the level of government monitoring and support available for dayhome providers. Approved family dayhomes are monitored by the Government of Alberta and have access to various resources and support while private dayhomes do not. This means that when choosing private care, parents have a larger role to play in ensuring they are choosing a quality private dayhome program.
In Alberta, parents have a wide range of choice when selecting the child care option that best fits their family situation.
Sometimes finding a quality private dayhome can feel overwhelming. There are so many options out there and it’s difficult to know which dayhomes to explore and which ones to avoid. The Embolden PDC Directory helps narrow down your search by connecting you with private dayhomes who are committed to going above and beyond the minimum standards for private dayhomes in Alberta. We list all Embolden PDC members within our child care directory but in order to unlock a clickable profile our members must submit their supporting documents and become verified members of the Embolden Private Dayhome Community.
So how do you ensure that you are choosing a quality private child care program? As a parent, you are responsible for ensuring that your private dayhome is a safe and nurturing environment for your children. You might find it helpful to sit down and determine the criteria and standards that you feel your private dayhome should meet. Not sure where to start? Download our Private Dayhome Cheat Sheet.
Once you’ve found some private dayhomes that meet your requirements and criteria, it’s time to start interviewing. During the interview you’ll get a good feel for the dayhome provider and whether or not their program would be a good fit for your child. Not every dayhome you interview is going to be the best fit and that’s ok! The important thing to remember is that your dayhome provider is an expert in dayhome interviews and determining the best fit for their dayhome dynamic. You can check out our free Parent Guide “Navigating Unlicensed Child Care” for some tips and tricks for interviewing – including some thought provoking questions that can help you get to know your provider.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect dayhome for your family, the work isn’t over! As a parent utilizing private childcare, you are responsible for ensuring the long term safety of your children while in that providers care. This means that you should strive to establish a strong relationship with your dayhome provider. Being appropriately involved in your children’s care will help to ensure that your provider remains supported and accountable as they care for your children.
Maintaining open communication with your provider will help you to identify any concerns or issues before they become a risk.
Recently, the Government of Alberta passed new legislation to protect children in unlicensed care. Effective February 1, 2021 the Alberta government can investigate complaints about private, unlicensed child care providers when there is reason to believe that:
If either of these is confirmed, Children’s Services will issue and enforce a stop order. In this situation, parents of the children in the unlicensed program will be notified of the stop order.