ERIC Number: ED455019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Toward a Best Practices Framework for Licensing Child Care Facilities in Canada.
Ferguson, E. Elaine; Flanagan-Rochon, Kathleen; Hautmann, Lynn Groves; Lutes, Diane; Masson, Anne; Mauch, Debbie
The Best Practices Framework for Licensing Child Care Facilities in Canada project was developed by the research committee of the Provincial and Territorial Directors of Child Care group in recognition of the need for documenting licensing practices throughout Canada and for developing a framework of best practices for licensing Canadian child care. The development of the framework was open and collaborative, based on information received through questionnaires completed by directors and licensing staff as well as through meetings of licensing staff in each province and territory. This paper, with separate executive summary, outlines the findings of the exploration of the practice of licensing child care facilities in Canada. Chapter 1 describes the six-phase licensing process in the provinces and territories: (1) inquiry; (2) application; (3) investigation of application; (4) decision on issuance of license; (5) monitoring/evaluation/complaint-investigation; and (6) renewal. Chapter 2 examines the current context for licensing staff and presents findings from the questionnaires regarding caseloads, frequency of facility visits, consultation and support to applicants/licensees, characteristics of licensing staff, and challenges. Chapter 3 details five interrelated factors affecting good licensing practices: equipment and materials, policy, funding, licensing staff, and processes and procedures. Chapter 4 provides examples of best practices in licensing child care in Canada emerging from questionnaire findings. Chapter 5 concludes the paper, noting that in order to complete the framework for best practices in licensing child care, the licensers and the licensees need to be explored further. A description of Quebec Family Policy is appended. (KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Certification, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Research Needs
Child Care Connections, 100-1200 Tower Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4K6. Tel: 902-423-8199.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Connection-N.S., Halifax (Nova Scotia).
Identifiers - Location: Canada