Provincial laws stipulate the maximum number of children allowable per staff member as follows:
Infants less than 12 months – 1:3
Infants 12 months to less than 19 months – 1:4
19 months to less than 3 years – 1:6
3 years to less than 4.5 years – 1:8
The staff of Chapter1 Daycare will meet or exceed the Provincial requirements of education and training. All will have First Aid & CPR certificates. Each room is lead by a provider with a diploma in Early Childhood Development or a degree in Education. Additional staff are formally trained in Early Childhood Development or the equivalent. All staff will have up to date Police clearance certificate (Vulnerability Sector Search).
Chapter1 Daycare strives to be peanut-free although we cannot guarantee that all food served will meet peanut free requirements. If your child has any known dietary concerns or allergies, please let us know at the time of Registration (indicate on the form or inform the Program Director). Chapter1 Daycare cannot be held liable for health impact on registered child due to non-disclosure during registration.
We know feedback is essential for you as the parents. The fact is, we’re there and you’re not, and we understand this is already difficult on you. We strive to provide all the necessary feedback on your child’s growth pertaining to Social, Physical, Intellectual, Cognitive, and Emotional aspects. We call this report the S.P.I.C.E of Life report, that provides you with a full grasp of your child’s development while within our care at Chapter1 Daycare. During the first week at the daycare, we provide a daily progress report of your child. From there on, we send out weekly updates on the progress. We are currently undertaking a state of the art online communication system through this site that will enable you to receive more frequent updates by the caregiver and allow you to post any questions to the caregiver about your child’s progress. If at any time you’d like to discuss your child’s development in person, do not hesitate to communicate with one of our daycare workers. We are here for both you and your child.
The daycare is closed on statutory holidays and mandatory public closures. It is open on Easter Monday. Boxing Day and Civic Holiday are optional. We notify all registered families on whether daycare will be open or closed prior to both holidays. This is based on the level of demand we have for staying open on those two days by registered families.
We do our best to be supportive of the working parent and at the same time, operate within the health standard guidelines mandated by Calgary Public Health. If a child is feeling somewhat under the weather but is able to function within the program and is deemed not to have any communicable illness we will allow them to remain. Communicable illnesses, other than colds, require exclusions which are determined by Calgary Public Health. We have a first aid room exclusively for this purpose. Parents have to be notified immediately when such illnesses are discovered and under the Provincial licensing requirement, the parent has to pick-up his or her child within a reasonably quick time.
Yes, it is a mandate that there must be a scheduled rest period for the infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We recognize that some preschool children will not be comfortable about nap time and we are respectful of this. Quiet activities are provided for children who are unable to nap and calming music is played throughout this period of time to help the children relax and feel at ease with the rest period. The scheduled nap time is from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM each day. We do not conduct any tours of the facility during the nap time.
We are continuously looking for the most qualified childcare caregivers in the market as good talent is always hard to find in any industry and childcare is no exception to this truth. Positions that we typically fill are for Child Development Assistants / Workers / Supervisors (former Levels 1, 2, 3) and cooks / kitchen assistants. Since this daycare is not currently accredited, staff is not eligible for the accredited wage top-up subsidy from the Province although the pre-accreditation wage top-up is available. We offer competitive rates along with select benefits. Most importantly we offer a very collaborative environment for every staff so that they feel their work is appreciated, their voice is heard, and their input is received. The most critical factor to success of daycare is the well being of each child and that is dependent entirely on having qualified AND happy staff. If you feel you meet both requirements, please email us with your resume and covering letter.