The age old dayhome debate – should I go with an agency, or should I go private? 

It’s one of the first questions I get asked as a private dayhome consultant, and honestly it’s not a one size fits all answer. 

Choosing to operate as a private dayhome or register through an agency is a really personal choice. 

There are pro’s and con’s to both routes, and you won’t know which one to go with until you spend some time researching them.  

However, one of the easiest ways to narrow things down is to consider your education level. 

When a prospective dayhome provider reaches out to me for guidance on their dayhome journey, the very first thing I ask them is if they are educated.

Reason being – child ratios. 

One of the most common reason’s for a dayhome provider to choose against an agency is that they only allow you to care for 6 children total. This means they include your own children in your dayhome numbers.

For providers that have 2 or 3 of their own children, this may make running a registered dayhome business cost prohibitive.

That is unless you are educated. 

In Alberta, registered educated providers are entitled to a government top up that can be used to compensate for the agencies stricter child ratio guidelines.  

As a Level 3 childcare provider, your top up might be the make or break difference that determines the viability of your business. 

If you are not an educated provider, the agencies rule of 6 kids total may not be feasible for you. 

In this case, you may be looking towards the private route to make running your dayhome business more affordable. 

But what happens when you choose to run as a private dayhome?  

Well for starters, you don’t have someone checking in on you to see how you’re doing, or to ensure that you are following the Alberta Dayhome Standards. 

Some providers prefer this approach as they dislike the way their dayhome agency dictates how they can live in their own home. 

For example, as a registered dayhome you are required to lock up all kitchen and bathroom products – including your shampoo. 

On the other hand, some providers value the support and resources they receive from their agency, and aren’t bothered by the lower income that the lower ratio brings in. 

So what do you do if you’ve determined that registering with a dayhome agency is just not advantageous for you? 

You might be nervous about starting your dayhome without the resources and support that a dayhome agency can provide. 

Or maybe you’ve already started your private dayhome and a year in you are realizing that you really miss the resources and support of an agency.

This was me. 

I knew that running a private dayhome was the best option for my family, but around the 1 year mark I really started to feel a void where the support and resources of an agency would have been. 

As a private dayhome provider, I had no community of dayhome providers that I could talk to about the things I was experiencing and the struggles I was facing. 

This made for a really lonely, isolated, and burnt out provider. 

But still, even with that longing for community and support, I still had no desire to partner with the agency. 

I loved the autonomy I had to run my business the way that I felt was best for my families, and I didn’t want to feel like I was being told how to do things within my own home. 

After all, I was already operating as closely to the Alberta Dayhome Standards as possible, and my philosophy has always been one of utmost transparency with my dayhome families. 

After failing to find something similar to what I was looking for, I realized that I had to create it. 

And in that moment, Embolden VIP was born. 

Bridging the gap between private and agency – Embolden VIP is Alberta’s first Private Dayhome Membership Community designed to provide autonomy AND support to dayhome providers. 

With Embolden VIP it no longer has to be one or the other.  

If you are a provider that has decided the private route is the best choice for you, take a look around our website! 

We have everything you need to start a dayhome in Alberta

If you’ve gotten to the end of this post, and are still unsure which way you want to go, check out this infographic below. 

We’ve laid out all the major differences between private vs registered dayhomes.   

If you still aren’t sure, reach out to me! I would be happy to help you work it out in real life. 

Until then,
Danielle Bourdin 
Embolden Private Dayhome Consulting

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