- What is a licensed Family Child Care Agency?
- How does the Agency screen, support and monitor family child care providers?
- How does an organization pursue a licence as a Family Child Care Agency?
- For more information
A licensed Family Child Care Agency is an agency run by an incorporated, non-profit community board of directors which:
- recruits, screens, supports and monitors family child care providers (people who care for children in the provider’s home)
- is licensed by government to approve family child care services
- ensures that the homes approved by the agency are meeting the standards required by legislation
- provides a referral service for parents and providers aiding the process of arranging child care.
Each child care provider affiliated with the agency remains a self-employed individual. Child care arrangements are based on the agreement reached between the provider and the parent.
- By screening the family child care provider and the provider’s home to ensure they meet government standards for
child care. This process includes:
- submitting required references and security clearances
- completing a health & safety check of the home
- conducting a program evaluation
- participating in other assessments as per agency policies
- By providing support through such required services as:
- home visits to provide information on the service provided to children and families
- access to workshops/courses
- By agency home visitors monitoring the service on an on-going basis to ensure:
- that the premises continue to be safe and healthy
- that the family child care program is appropriate for the children
- that the provider is meeting the legislative requirements of the Child Care Services Act, Child Care Services Regulations and related policies.
If the organization seeking a licence is an incorporated, not-for-profit group, the first step is to request a licensing package from the local Child Youth and Family Services Office. This package contains an application form and a list of required information and documentation to be submitted with the application.
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