COVID-19 update

COVID guidelines for licensed child care centres changed on July 1 as part of Alberta’s Open for Summer plan. This includes removing the requirement for cohorts.

See guidance for preschool, day care and out of school care for a detailed outline of the changes.

Licensed facility-based child care

Home-based child care

Licensed home-based child care

  • Family day home educators operating under licensed agencies can offer child care for up to 6 children not including their own.

Unlicensed child care

  • Unlicensed child care programs can provide child care for up to 6 children, not including their own, at any given time. We do not monitor unlicensed or private child care arrangements but can issue closures if they are over this limit.

Enhanced sanitization

  • Enhanced sanitation practices should be used by all home-based child care providers, whether they are licensed or unlicensed:
    • routinely clean and disinfect any surface that people regularly touch
    • handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available to children
    • visitors and children should not enter if they are feeling unwell
    • visitors should wash their hands frequently
  • Guidance for family day homes under licensed agencies and group family child care programs

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