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Minister wants all daycares accredited
« on: July 18, 2010, 10:06:53 AM »
EDMONTON - A week after an unaccredited daycare centre in Stony Plain was ordered to close for allegedly force-feeding and mistreating children, Children's Services Minister Yvonne Fritz said the province may need to raise its bar for daycare facilities.

"We should have accreditation at 100 per cent," Fritz told said Friday.

Since 2004, when the province adopted a voluntary accreditation program to enhance services in participating care centres and day homes, the government has seen 83 per cent comply.

For the past few months, Fritz said her department has been reviewing the funding that helps facilities get accreditation. "I would think that it would become mandatory," she said.

Currently, the voluntary accreditation system sees some facilities access additional funding to exceed the province's minimum standards, while others just meet Alberta's licensing requirements.

"For me, it's about putting in place measures that assist (organizations) through the grant process for example or through regulation ... to ensure that we have 100-percent compliance for accreditation," Fritz said.

Earlier this week, a government report indicated provincial investigators confirmed a number of accusations against the Stony Day Care Centre. Allegations that children at the centre had been force-fed and humiliated for toileting accidents led to the closure order.

Many parents this week called the investigation one-sided, however, and said they did not believe the allegations.

"I can understand their frustration and their disappointment," Fritz said, adding that provincial staff will be on-site until the July 24 closure to help parents find child-care alternatives.

"It's a difficult process for everyone involved," she said.

"I as the minister am confident that the staff made the right decisions to close the daycare, based on their investigation. We need to ensure our children are safe. And in this case they weren't, and we've learned that through the investigation."

Staff at Stony Day Care have denied all allegations and put the reports down to disgruntled former employees.

Owner Sandra Trautman has said she plans to appeal the government order to close the facility.

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Re: Minister wants all daycares accredited
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 01:31:48 PM »
Toddler dies in hospital; police to charge Medicine Hat day home worker

An 18-month-old child who was taken to hospital in Calgary yesterday with life-threatening head injuries has died.

Police are expected to charge her 23-year-old day-home worker in connection with the baby's death. They will be holding a news conference in Medicine Hat later this morning to provide more details.

The worker's name has not yet been released.

The child was taken to a Medicine Hat hospital on Monday. There, medical staff called police to alert them about possible abuse and an investigation into the baby's day home began.

The worker was arrested later that day.

The child was airlifted to Alberta Children's Hospital, where police said she later died.

The case has highlighted concerns about how day homes are monitored.

Yvonne Fritz, the minister of child services, said more than 2,800 day homes are operating in Alberta, which is pinched for daytime child care spaces.

Unlike a day care, day homes are like cottage child-care centres. Young parents and homeowners can earn extra income by caring for additional children out of their residences.

The province sets the standards for day homes. It limits the number of children in a home to six, including the operator's own children.

Several other regulations, including training, criminal background checks and safety standards, are mandated by the province.

However, most of those regulations are enforced by agencies contracted by the province to recruit and train day-home providers.

The agencies are responsible for conducting most inspections of day homes. The province then reviews individual agencies at least once a year. In addition, the provincial government said it inspects 10 per cent of all day homes independently.

Fritz said an approved agency was contracted by the province to manage the day home where the baby was injured, and that the department would be conducting an investigation with the agency involved.
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