Family Day Home Program

The Day Home Agency offers care for children of all ages and operates CITY WIDE. Please call us to see if we have an approved space in your area.

In February 2007, our agency received accreditation status from the Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services. Accreditation is a voluntary program which aims to improve quality of care. It involves a number of rigorous steps which include a self-study which can take up to 12 months, a site visit and ongoing monitoring. For more information on accreditation please visit:

The Dayhome Agency is governed by Alberta Human Services and must follow the Family Dayhome Standards set by the government, as well as by policies set by Thornhill Child Care Society’s Board of Directors.

Family Day Home Providers

Family day home providers are carefully chosen after they have undergone an application and screening process. The screening process includes completing an application form, reference checks from three non-family references, an Intervention Record check, a Criminal Record check, including vulnerable sector search, a medical certificate from the applicant's doctor, and a minimum of two home screenings to determine whether the home meets our standards of care, safety and suitability. All family members living in the home are met on at least two occasions and everyone over 18 years of age must submit a Criminal Record check.

Providers are self-employed, running their own business. They are contracted through the agency to provide a safe and quality care environment in their homes.

Day Home Visits

Each day home is visited on an unannounced basis at least once a month by a Consultant from our agency. These visits provide training and support for each provider, in addition to ensuring that the Family Dayhome Standards are being followed.

Training and Resources

Providers are required to participate in on-going training. This professional development enhances the quality of care that your child will receive in the home. Providers must also be certified in first aid.

We supply the providers with many resources ranging from craft ideas, field trip destinations and a toy lending library. We issue a monthly newsletter to both parents and providers, which is always filled with important information, resources and upcoming events.

Number of Children

Day home providers can only have a maximum of 6 children under the age of 13 years, including their own, at any time. Of these 6 children, only 3 can be under the age of three years old.

Alternate and Emergency Care

In the event that your provider is sick, has an emergency etc, the agency provides you with a monthly list of emergency or back-up providers. Should you require care, please contact a provider on the list.

If you cannot locate an emergency provider to care for your children, please contact the agency as soon as possible, and we will try to assist.

If you are interested in receiving information about a dayhome in your areas, please submit this form and a consultant will be in touch with you.

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