FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - PARENTS

How many children are allowed in a regulated day home?

A total of six children under the age of 13 not including the educator’s own children are allowed in a day home with a licensed agency. An educator can have a maximum of two children under 2 years old, and a maximum of three children under 3 years old.

 

What are the hours of operation?

As self-employed contracted individuals, each family day home educator sets their own hours. Most day homes are open between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Some educators will accept various hours including evening, overnight, and weekend care.

 

How do I pay my fees?

Fees are due the first working day of each and every month or on the first day of care. Payment can be made by check, cash or Direct Withdrawal.

 

What training do educators receive? 

Each new provider receives core training and family child care training within one year of opening a day home. Many educators have earned Alberta Child Care certificates Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3.

 

What kind of experiences can I expect my educator to provide?

Day home providers plan and offer a variety of activities based on children’s interests that meet each child’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual development.

 

What does day home monitoring include?

  • Formal safety checks of the day home two times per year, and informal safety checks at each monthly visit

  • Observation of the interaction between the provider and the children

  • Discussion of programming, nutrition, appropriate child development and other essential information

  • Training to providers based on their needs

  • Follow up contact with parents after each monthly visit

 

If you have further questions about day home standards, please see Part 3 of the Government of Alberta Standards Manual.