Private or Accredited?… that is the question!

We get a lot of questions from prospective dayhome operators about whether or not it is worth it to run their dayhome through an agency and be an accredited dayhome. So, we went straight to the source, and got the facts from Child Development Dayhomes!  We asked about what it means to be an accredited dayhome, what certifications you need, and what monetary benefits you get!

You don’t need to have education in order to work for an agency. However, you would be required to be working towards Level 1 on your own time (the course can be taken through an agency). It’s a 45 hour course divided into modules with quizzes/assignments.

Here is what is on the Gov’t of Alberta website:

Child Development Assistant (formerly Level One)
You will receive a Child Development Assistant (formerly Level One) certificate when you have:
– completed the Child Care Orientation Course (Alberta government-sponsored course); or
– completed CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 through Alberta high schools CTS program (previously CMH 2050 and CMH 3050); or
– completed a 45-hour (3 credit) college-level course in child development.

– $2.14/hour subsidy up to a maximum of 181 hours per month = $387.34

Child Development Worker (formerly Level Two)
You will receive a Child Development Worker (formerly Level Two) certificate when you have:
– Completed a one-year Early Learning and Child Care certificate program offered by an Alberta public college, or an equivalent level of training (refer to the Educational Equivalencies Chart on this site or in the Certification Guide); and
– Obtained a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) of at least Level 7 (if the post-secondary training was not completed in English or French); and
– Completed a college-level English/French course (eg., communication, composition, etc.).

– $4.05/hour subsidy up to a maximum of 181 hours per month = $733.05

Child Development Supervisor (formerly Level Three)
You will receive a Child Development Supervisor (formerly Level Three) certificate when you have:
– Completed a two-year early learning and child care certificate program offered by an Alberta public college, or an equivalent level of training (refer to the Educational Equivalencies Chart on this site or in the Certification Guide); and
– Obtained a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) of at least Level 7 (if the post-secondary training was not completed in English or French); and
– Completed a college-level English/French course (eg., communication, composition, etc.).

– $6.62/hour subsidy up to a maximum of 181 hours per month = $1198.22

Hope this helps you on your way to making a decision. Remember, no matter if you are accredited or private, you can register with us to help your dayhome receive more exposure. For $50/year, you can fill your available spaces and access tons of resources and help. Register today!

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