What kind of staff-to-child ratios or maximum enrollments are maintained at Churchill Park?

A licence holder for a day care centre and/or out of school care program must ensure that the following minimum primary staff member to children ratios, and the maximum number of children who may be included in a group, in the day care centre and/or out of school program are in effect at all times:

Age of Children Primary Staff Member/Children Ratio Maximum Number of Children in a Group
Under 12 months 1:3 6
12 months or over, but under 19 months 1:4 8
19 months or over, but under 3 years 1:6 12
3 years or over, but under 4 1/2 years 1:8 16
4 1/2 years or over 1:10 20
For children attending an early childhood services program 1:10 20
For children attending grades 1 to 6 1:15 30
What qualifications do Churchill Park caregivers have?

A licence holder for a day care centre must ensure that a fulltime program director who holds a Child Development Supervisor Certificate on the staff of the day care centre at all times. A licence holder for an out of school care centre must ensure that a fulltime program director who holds a Child Development Supervisor Certificate is on the staff of the out of school care centre at all times.

If Alberta staff qualifications are satisfied with the results of the applicant's criminal record check, including the vulnerable sector search, they may issue a

  • A Child Development Assistant (Level 1) qualification certificate to an applicant who has completed an orientation course for day care centre staff or has completed course work that is considered to be equivalent to an orientation course.
  • A Child Development Worker (Level 2) qualification certificate to an applicant who has received a one year certificate in early childhood development or education from a college, or has completed course work that is considered to be equivalent to the course work required for a certificate.
  • A Child Development (Level 3) qualification certificate to an applicant who has received a two year diploma in early childhood development or education from a college, or has completed course work that is considered to be equivalent to the course work required for a diploma.
What is Churchill Park's educational philosophy, or approach to teaching?

At Churchill Park Family Care Society, we recognize that each child is an individual and that, as individuals, they will develop at different rates. We feel that it is important to plan activities that are open ended and that allow each child to participate at his or her level. Room will be left for the child to be challenged. We believe that day care should be play based, since children learn best by doing. Children need to be able to touch and manipulate the world around them in order to learn how things work and how they relate to each other.

What does it mean for a child care program to be accredited?

Accredited family day home agencies and licensed day care centres provide a level of excellence in child care that exceeds provincial licensing requirements. These higher standards have been developed by members of the child care sector together with Alberta Children’s Services. Accredited programs are monitored for adherence to these standards by an independent accreditation association, The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services. This voluntary program is the only one of its kind in Canada. You can find more information by visiting The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning at www.aelcs.ca.

Can you tell me more about the food and nutrition served at Churchill Park programs?

Churchill Park Family Care Society provides healthy meals and snacks for children participating in our programs. We believe that healthy eating and daily physical activity are essential for children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.

In recent years, our staff began noticing that more children were arriving at our programs hungry, or undernourished. We realize how important it is to offer a quality nutrition program, especially for children from low income families, who do not always start their day with a full stomach.

Most of our programs employ a full-time cook to prepare dietician-designed and approved meals that are low in sugar and fat. All meals and snacks are peanut-free and sensitive to allergies. Menu substitutions required to accommodate allergies are now replaced with foods of equivalent nutritional value.

What is the difference between an approved Day Home and a private babysitter?

An approved Day Home is a provider who chooses to be affiliated with an agency. The agency oversees the provider’s compliance to standards set by the Government of Alberta www.humanservices.alberta.ca. They also offer support, resources and professional development opportunities. The agency also handles administration of paperwork, fees and provider payments. Workshops for parents, community resources and referrals to outside agencies to support children’s development are also offered through the agency.

A private babysitter is a person who looks after children in a private residence. They have no affiliation with regulations, licensing or accreditation.

The providers working with Churchill Park are all experienced, caring professionals who have qualifications through the provincial government. Qualifications are broken down into 3 levels.

Child Care Assistant (formerly level 1): Completed the Child Care Orientation Course (sponsored by the Alberta Government) Or a 45 hour, 3 credit college level course in Child Development. Or a group of 5 courses through the Alberta High School CTS program.

Child Care Worker (formerly level 2): Complete a one year Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program at an Alberta public college or equivalent.

Child Care Supervisor (formerly level3): Complete a 2 year Early Learning and Child Care diploma program at an Alberta public college or equivalent.

All Providers are thoroughly screened before being contracted. Screening includes:

  • Police and Child welfare intervention checks for all adults in the home
  • Health check for the provider
  • Full home safety check
  • Meeting with all occupants of the home
  • Personal references for the provider
How Many Children can my Provider Care for?
In an approved Day Home providers may care for a total of 6 children including their own children under the age of 12 at a time. They may only care for two children under the age of 2 or three children under the age of 3 within the total of 6 children.
Are the Providers Churchill Park Employees?

No. The providers are independent contractors under contract with Churchill Park Family Care Society to provide Day Home spaces that the agency is then responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance to government standards.

As contractors they are free to set their own hours of operation, fees for child care and holiday and vacation time throughout the year.

If I Receive Child Care Subsidy Can I Use a Day Home?

Child care subsidy can be used in any approved Day Home space in Alberta. Families can apply to Alberta Human Services for child care subsidy to assist them in paying the cost for child care while working or in school full time.

Please go to: www.humanservices.alberta.ca to find out more about the child care subsidy program.

When you come to register for a Day Home please bring the letter that you will receive in the mail after your application has been submitted, NOT the online confirmation you can print out after you complete your application.