Did you know?! Information is available quickly and easily on child care programs in Alberta using the Child Care Look-Up Tool. Licensed child care programs and contracted family day home agencies can be easily searched by name, city or postal code. The look-up tool provides information about the location, ages of children, total number of children allowed at the program and perhaps most importantly, the program’s status and recent inspection results.
Here is what to look for, and what the key terms mean as you read the tool!
Non-Compliances- This is the main item you will want to look at. This outlines where the program is not meeting licensing standards. The type of non-compliances may range from Child Discipline to Administration Records.
Non-Compliances to look for- (I have selected these as the ones I think are very serious, but you can make your own judgements here-)
Child Discipline – reasonable in the circumstances, deny or threaten to deny any basic necessity, inflict physical punishment, verbal or physical degradation or emotional deprivation
Day Care Program – program in keeping with the needs of children
Minimum staffing and general supervision – children at all times supervised
Ratios and Maximum Group Size – minimum primary staff member to child ratio
Follow Up to Enforcement Action- This means a non-compliance was found, and a follow-up visit scheduled for another inspection. There may be more non-compliances found on this follow-up visit.
Inspection- This is a visit from a licensing officer. This may be announced or unannounced.
Renewal Licence Inspection- This happens every 3 years. The program is fully reviewed on areas from philosophy to floor space and everything in between. This is regulated under the childcare licensing act.
Consultation- This is an opportunity for programs to ask questions of their licensing officer to improve their program
Incident Report- You will see the term Incident Report on many of the programs. It sounds a little scary but certain occurrences must be reported to Licensing. This is so that these incidents can be properly investigated and safety plans put in place. The important part again is to look for non-compliances.
Complaint Investigation- Anyone can register a complaint with Child Care Licensing, which will then be investigated. This helps to keep all children safe.
Can’t find a program? This is for licensed programs only. Private dayhomes and babysitters that are unlicensed will not be searchable.
Still, have questions? Book an online consultation and I will explain it.
I am a passionate Early Childhood Educator, Parent Coach and Daycare Operater of the Early Learning program, North Calgary Educentre. I beleive parents need to be fully informed to make the best choices for their children and that is why I offer these consultations to new and soon-to-be parents free of charge!