Accreditation Standards, Criteria, and Indicators for Early Learning and Child Care Centres and Family Child Care Homes, (April, 2007) are available to the child care community as a reference tool to help improve the quality of services they provide, and to help families identify the ingredients of a quality care environment.
The standards can help facilities evaluate strengths, quality enhancement needs, and to develop a quality enhancement plan.
The accreditation standards were developed in 2007. Since that time child care care legislation and safety standards may have changed and the licensee should ensure compliance with current requirements or recommendations.
The establishment of an accrediting agency for early learning and child care programs in Manitoba, where peer reviewers would conduct a site visit to assess conformity with the standards, and decide to confer or defer accreditation status remains a long term goal.
Standards, Criteria, and Indicators for Early Learning
and Child Care Centres
Standards, Criteria, and Indicators for Family Child Care
Can You Use The Accreditation Standards?
Learning and Child Care Programs can voluntarily adopt
the standards as the benchmark of a high quality early
learning and child care service, and use them to evaluate
strengths, quality improvement needs, and to develop a
quality enhancement plan. The establishment of an accrediting
agency for early learning and child care programs in Manitoba
, where peer reviewers would conduct a site visit to assess
conformity with the standards, and decide to confer or
defer accreditation status remains a long term goal.
Accreditation is the process by which a child care centre or family child care home volunteers to demonstrate its high quality of care to an authorized, external agency of professional peers through an assessment of its program of services, personnel, facility, administration, governance, and community relations. Accreditation standards are based on the most current research in early childhood care and education. The standards exceed those of the licensing requirements set out by the provincial government, which are generally regarded as the basic minimum.
Program is Licensed, Isn't that Good Enough?
Licensed programs meet minimum standards and provide programs that fulfill the basic health, safety, and well being of children. Accreditation is in addition to licensing, and provides a much higher level of quality assurance by:
- fostering the continuous development and improvement in the quality of services
- providing a system of evaluation in relation to organizational objectives and established service standards
- providing the consumer with an assurance of a high standard of service, beyond the basic minimum licensing requirements
It is anticipated that accredited programs will become the first choice of parents who choose an early childhood care and education program.
Does Accreditation Work?
child care program that volunteers for accreditation would
follow a series of steps:
period of self study and evaluation against established
service standards to identify strengths and quality
child care program would prepare and implement a quality
enhancement plan for itself.
peers would conduct a site review of the program to
assess conformity with standards and progress on the
quality enhancement plan.
reviewers would prepare a report on the quality of care
accrediting agency would use the report to make a decision
to confer or defer accreditation status.
renewal of accreditation status by the agency, for example
every 3-5 years.
of the Feasibility Study on Voluntary Accreditation Project
Manitoba Child Care Association and Canadian Child Care
Federation partnered on a Feasibility Study on Voluntary
Accreditation of Manitoba's Licensed Child Care Facilities
in 2005-2006. There was an Advisory Committee to provide
and insights to project team members. Representatives
based child care
child care homes
time nursery schools
for profit services
ECE training programs
Appointee of Healthy Child Manitoba
Appointee of Child Day Care Manitoba
and northern services
feasibility study project was conducted in 6 parts:
1. Briefing on the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Program.
Learn more about the Alberta model at www.child.gov.ab.ca
2. Environmental Scan of the Manitoba Child Care System:
to produce a description, and analysis and readiness of
the system into which accreditation might be introduced
3. Review of Child Care Service Standards: to produce
a set of sample service standards, appropriate to the
Manitoba context for review and revision by participants
in the consultation phase. For example, the Alberta standards
were benchmarked against the CCCF's Partners in Quality
4. Review of Accreditation Models: to produce a set of
considerations in the design of an accreditation agency,
appropriate to the Manitoba context, for review and revision
by participants in the consultation phase
5. Consultation on Accreditation with the Manitoba Child
Care Community: to inform Manitoba stakeholders about
accreditation purposes and processes and obtain opinions
on readiness; standards; approaches. Consultations included
11 daylong focus group sessions and six one hour telephone
6. Feasibility Study Report and Recommendations: A summary
report of each part was prepared and recommendations made
to the Advisory Committee on the processes to develop
and implement an accreditation system in Manitoba .
Were the Findings of the Project?
the conclusion of the first phase of the Feasibility Study
in May, 2006, the Advisory Committee recognized that accreditation
of licensed child care facilities in Manitoba is a long
term goal and will require many incremental steps along
the way. They recommended that the first next step should
be to incorporate community feedback into the service
September 2006, The Manitoba Child Care Association received
approval from the Manitoba Child Care Program to revise
the standards and criteria to reflect discussion at the
consultations, and to compare them to Manitoba Regulations
to ensure no overlap exists and they build on licensing
second phase of the project gave the child care community
the opportunity to provide feedback on the indicators,
which were then revised, discussed and approved by the
Advisory Committee. The Manitoba Child Care Association
will continue to work with our members, partners, and
stakeholder groups to build on the outcomes of this project.
Worked on the Project?
Blatz, Discovery Children's Centre, Winnipeg
Feere, Family Child Care Provider, Winnipeg
Balbon , Family Child Care Provider, Winnipeg
Gray, Frere Jacques Nursery School , Lorette
Sigfusson, Sigfusson Nursery School Ltd., Winnipeg
Hodgson, Day Nursery Centre, Winnipeg
Menard, Teekinaken Daycare, Thompson
LaFleche, Les enfants precieux inc., Winnipeg
Insull, Seven Oaks Child Day Care Centre, Winnipeg
Ohlson, KIDS Inc., Winnipeg
Yuriy, Peter Pan Day Nursery, Dauphin
Kunderman, Red River College
Rosenstock , Manitoba Child Care Program
Church, Healthy Child Manitoba
Wege, Manitoba Child Care Association and Anne Maxwell,
Canadian Child Care Federation co-chaired the first phase
of the project.
Beckman , Alberta Association for the Accreditation of
Early Learning and Child Care Services
Cooper, Winnipeg , Manitoba
Doherty, Toronto , Ontario
Ogston, Ottawa , Ontario
recognition and thanks to Elin Ibrahim and Michele Grant
for their leadership, professionalism, enthusiasm, organizational
and facilitation skills that got the project off the ground,
into the air, and produced a very high quality product!
appreciation is also extended to the members of Manitoba
's early learning and child care community that participated
in focus groups and telephone seminars. Their valuable
feedback, wise comments, and ideas that were very useful
in producing quality set of accreditation standards we
can all be proud of!
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