Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an unprecedented childcare shortage in Alberta.
You may be looking to step up and start offering childcare services in your community.
Embolden PDC is here to support you as you make your next steps.
Below you will find some important information regarding private care in Alberta and how we can help you establish yourself as a quality private childcare provider in our province.
Private Childcare in Alberta
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Private providers ARE permitted to continue caring for children in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. They must still follow typical Alberta law, but as they are unregulated by the Alberta Government, AHS cannot mandate them to follow any additional safety measures. HOWEVER, Embolden PDC is imploring any individuals looking to start offering childcare services to please follow any and all additional guidelines as laid out by AHS.
THE BOTTOM LINE
THE MINIMUM STANDARDS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING AS A PRIVATE PROVIDER
These things keep you and the children in your care safe. Please do not be compromise on these important safety requirements despite the urgency and desperation we are feeling right now.
It will absolutely take a village to get through this, but we must continue to hold ourselves to the high level of standards that many private providers have worked so hard to establish here in Alberta.
IF YOU ARE OFFERING PRIVATE CARE FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLOSURES
Embolden PDC is in the process of compiling a database of private providers who are offering care during the pandemic. You can submit your information by clicking on the button below and filling out the google form.
HERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL INFO FROM THE CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER OF ALBERTA.
“Yesterday, we also announced that all licenced childcare facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschools were to close immediately.
“I know many parents are looking for child care arrangements, such as private child care providers. While they are able to remain open, these unlicensed day homes can only care for up to six children, not including their own, at any one time.
“These arrangements are not monitored by the province, and I encourage parents to seek out more information to make informed decisions.