While private care arrangements can work well, the advantage of using an approved Day Home is that you can expect certain standards of care and certain services:
Day homes are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure that standards are maintained. Our Agency makes consistent unannounced visits to monitor the care provided.
When seriously considering a day home, parents are able to request a visit to the office to view the Educator’s profile, which lists complaints, incidents and non-compliances for the previous twelve months for that Educator.
We strive to provide alternate child care through another Apple Blossom Day Homes should your Educator be unable to work.
Educational programming is offered on a daily basis, including music, games, and outings. This allows the children the freedom to experiment and explore their surroundings, indoors and out.
A Child Care Educator has strict limits on the number of children cared for based on energy, skills, experience and the suitability of the residence while remaining within the limit set by the Government of Alberta. The limit is six children (including the Educator’s own children) under the age of 12. Of the total children present, no more than three children can be under the age of 3, and no more than two of those children can be under the age of 2.
Education through home studies in early childhood as well as ongoing training sessions are given to enhance the Educator’s skills and knowledge.
The agency collects all fees and pays Child Care Educators. Tax receipts are issued to all parents and Educators.
Nutritious meals and snacks follow Canada’s Food Guide.
Government subsidy is available to all qualifying parents.
All Child Care Educators, and adult residents of the home, undergo a police information check.
All Child Care Educators possess a valid First Aid Certificate.
The agency is available as a liaison between parents and Educators.
Smaller groups mean more individual attention, and siblings of different ages can stay together.
Flexible hours of care to accommodate shift work or irregular hours.
The same caregiver from one day to the next.
Fees are generally lower.
Many different locations for your convenience.
More flexibility in allowing the children to follow their own schedules.