The government is launching consultations to ensure parents and early childhood educators have their say on reducing red tape and improving quality and safety in child care.
Led by MLA Tracy Allard, the results of the consultation will inform the drafting of updated regulations and legislation this fall.
To ensure physical distancing, child care operators and industry associations will participate in virtual table talk sessions. An online survey will also be available to parents, early childhood educators and operators, beginning June 15. The survey will be on alberta.ca and will also be sent to parents through their child care centre.
Preliminary conversations with the sector indicated that, despite many changes due to the pandemic, this review is important and should proceed. Now more than ever, child care is a priority for many Albertans and fulfils a commitment made last year to consult prior to updating the legislation and regulations. It will also allow the Government of Alberta to enshrine principles of quality child care within legislation, rather than through the previous system of accreditation.
- The Child Care Licensing Regulation is set to expire on Jan. 31, 2021, and requires revision to modernize provisions and ensure safety and quality.
- This consultation will consider all existing categories of licensed child care, including out-of-school care, as well as approved family day homes and preschool.
- There are more than 2,900 active licensed/approved programs in Alberta with more than 138,000 child care spaces in Alberta.
- There are more than 726,200 children age 12 and under in Alberta. About 105,300 of these children are enrolled in regulated child care spaces.
- Prior to being elected to represent Grande Prairie in the legislature, MLA Allard was a successful small business owner and community volunteer, and is a mother of three children.
To view the full list of recommendations AECEA has sent to the minister for the regulation review, go here. Together we can achieve a better child care system in Alberta that includes early childhood educators who are well-qualified, well-compensated, respected as professionals, valued for their important work, and supported in providing high-quality child care for Alberta’s children and families.