learning corner

Welcome to the learning corner. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about dayhomes in Alberta.
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child care types

There are a variety of different child care program types in Alberta. In this section, we’ll take a look at each one so that you’ll have a deeper understanding of the options in Alberta and how they differ from in-home child care.

intro to dayhomes

What is a dayhome and where does it fit within the child care sector in Alberta? In this section, we’ll take a deeper look at in-home child care and what makes it unique.

common practices

Each dayhome business has its own policies and procedures that make them unique, but some common practices within the dayhome industry exist. We’ll go over what those are. 

your ideal dayhome

Do you know what you’re looking for in an ideal dayhome? Having an idea of what you’re searching for can make your dayhome hunt a lot easier. In this section, we’ll help you narrow down your dayhome wants and needs so that you can find the perfect fit for your family.

finding a dayhome

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a dayhome, you can start to search for one. In this section, we’ll cover where to look, what to look for, what questions to ask when you make first contact, and more.


Once you’ve made your shortlist of potential dayhomes it’s time to interview. In this section, you’ll find helpful interviewing checklists and potential interview questions to ask.

starting care

Once you’ve completed your interviews and you’ve found a dayhome that has offered you a child care spot – what’s next? In this section, we’ll discuss the next steps for starting child care in a private dayhome. Contracts, onboarding documents, waivers – these are all must-have documents before your child starts care.


As you start care at your new dayhome there will be a challenging period that dayhome providers often call “transition”. This phase is completely normal for children as they adjust to a new care provider and the environment – but there are some things you can do to help make it easier for everyone involved.


Communication is a vital component of your parent-provider relationship. In this section, we’ll cover all things communication as you foster a healthy relationship with your dayhome provider.

supporting providers

Ensuring your provider has the support they need to provide the best care to your child is an integral part of your provider-parent relationship. In this section, we’ll provide some insight into how you can offer support to your provider.


Along your dayhome journey, you may encounter some concerns or conflicts with your dayhome provider. In this section, we’ll discuss some communication strategies to help you address concerns with your child care provider while still maintaining a positive relationship. 


Termination isn’t something that any parent or provider wants to experience – but sometimes it can be what is in the best interest of the child. In this section, we’ll tackle termination and how to navigate this tricky territory. 


Child guidance, or discipline as it has been called in the past, is a delicate topic when it comes to child care. Each provider has a different view or philosophy on child guidance and it’s important to ensure that your views and your provider’s views line up before you start care.

potty training

If you have children who will be potty training while they are in child care you might want to check out this section. We’ll go over some common practices and ways to help support your child and your provider to have a happy and exciting potty training journey.

meal times

In a private dayhome, there are no requirements for a provider to maintain any particular type of menu. In this section, we’ll discuss some meal time best practices and questions you can ask your provider to ensure they are offering nutritious meals and snacks.

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