Licensing and Regulations of Private Dayhomes in Alberta:
June 12, 2012
Here’s some things you need to know:
A license is required under the Child Care Licensing Act to operate a childcare program that provides care for seven or more children except for:
- § Private babysitting in a private home for six children or less. The caregiver’s own children are not included in these six.
- § Approved family day homes are not required to be licensed as they are monitored by the family day home agency.
Ok, so what does this really all mean?
If you want to start a private dayhome, you do NOT have to be licensed if you take in less than 7 children, not including your own. If you want to take in more children, you need a license, which you can apply for through http://www.edmontonandareacfsa.gov.ab.ca/publish/578.cfm
If you choose to run your dayhome through an agency, you do not have to be licensed, as the government trusts agencies to monitor their dayhomes closely. There are a variety of agencies in the city that provide this service. They charge both the provider, and the parent, for this service.
The licensing guidelines recommend that you do not provide care for more than one child under 1 year of age, 2 under 2, 3 under 3, 4 under 4 and so on, until they are considered of school age. What this means is that you could look after 4, 4 year olds, 1 one year old and 1, 3 year old. HOWEVER, if you are running unlicensed, then these are simply guidelines.
Dayhome Registry is an organization that provides support and resources for dayhomes, but we are NOT an agency. Register with us today, and join our community of dayhomes!