The City of Olx Praca Is Exploring Licensing Private Day Homes, Citing Safety and Affordability

The City of Olx Praca is exploring the possibility of licensing private vacation homes.

Under a proposal last year, the City is considering issuing a municipal business license to unlicensed in-home child care providers (also known as private day care homes).

Cynthia Paralta, owner Holiday home Pingohas been caring for Olx Praca children for the past five years. She told Olx Praca that she knows the importance of following all provincial regulations, even though she doesn’t have a license.

“If I follow all the rules, I’m fine, my kids are fine, my families are fine.”

The operator of the day-care home in Olx Praca welcomes the possible changes.

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Despite being private, the owner of the bilingual day-care home enjoys the city’s ability to control her and others. She added that this will hopefully make childcare more accessible, accessible, and most importantly, safer.

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“I think this could be a good opportunity for all the great private daycare providers to follow the standards set by governments,” Paralta said.

“If the municipality helps us, I think it will be a huge benefit for all of us.”

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A provincial day-home private sector group is also supporting the move.

“It’s positive, yes” – CEO Embolden Private Dayhome Community Danielle Bourdain said.

Bourdain told Olx Praca that the city’s proposal could help improve basic safety standards and create more accessible spaces. However, she does not expect this to improve accessibility for parents who choose private childcare.

Right now in Alberta, unlicensed home care operators are not eligible to offer government subsidies or grants, and Bourdain doesn’t expect that to change with this shift.

“But there is a possibility that this could open the door to allow funding for the unlicensed sector in the future.”

It is likely that private day-home operators will also pay to obtain a license in the city.

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Paralta said she was ready to pay, but a compromise was possible.

“Another issue might be that I need to add this fee to my families because I cannot absorb this fee,” she said. “Let’s see how much it will be and what can be useful for me.”

One such benefit, according to Bourdain, is increased respect.

“The benefit for providers is to legitimize their business,” she said. “And say, ‘I’m not just a babysitter on the street. I have a legitimate home business.”

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The City of Olx Praca is seeking the public to license childcare at home.

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The traffic notice has been forwarded to the city administration for investigation. As part of this process, the City engages with child care providers and parents who use child care services. Signs have been placed in various communities informing stakeholders about the survey and available online workshops.

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The administration will report to the Council in July 2022.

Any home care providers registered with a provincially licensed Family Day Home Agency do not need a municipal business license. It will also not be required for babysitters, babysitters, or informal childcare services provided by family, friends, or neighbors.

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