Child Care Licensing Program
The Child Care Licensing Program licenses day care centres, out of school care centres, group family child care and preschool programs. Licensing staff regularly visit these programs to ensure they are in compliance by following the requirements laid out in the Child Care Licensing Act and Regulation.
Licensing staff also provide resource information to programs and families regarding child care and investigate complaints or incidents regarding a child care program.
Applying for a License
Complete an Application for a Child Care License and return it to us if you are operating one or more of the following program types:
- Day Care - a child care program provided to infants, preschool children and kindergarten children for four or more consecutive hours in each day the program is provided.
- Group Family Child Care - a child care program provided in the private residence of the licence holder to infants, preschool children, kindergarten children and school-aged children.
- Out-of-School Care - child care program provided to kindergarten children and school-aged children before and after school, during the lunch hour or when schools are closed.
- Preschool - a child care program provided to pre-school children and kindergarten children for less than four hours per child in each day the program is provided.
- Innovative Child Care - a child care program approved by the director that is designed to meet the unique child care needs of the community in which the program is provided.
Note: if you are opening a child care program in the City of Edmonton please refer to BizPal to determine what other permits and licences may be required.
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