Minister announces online inspection information for licensed child day care programs

Minister announces online inspection information for licensed child day care programs

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 2015501 Views

YELLOWKNIFE (May 22, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Jackson Lafferty has announced improvements to the licensed child care programs inspection process.

“The Department is always looking for ways to improve the systems we have in place,” said Minister Lafferty. “Enhancing the inspection system will increase transparency and provide parents with valuable information to make informed choices about their child care options.”

ECE has introduced a 3-tiered risk-based  system and online posting of inspection summary information for each licenced child care program in the NWT based on its  review of the inspection system. Information from licensing inspections completed after April 1, 2015 will now be posted to ECE’s website in a searchable format.

These improvements are part of the ongoing work by the Departments of Health and Social Services and Education, Culture and Employment on the Right from the Start Early Childhood Development Framework and Action Plan. Changes address Action 6 of the Action Plan to improve the quality of licensed early childhood education and care programs, supporting the goals of the Framework.

“We have communicated with all licensed child care programs on the changes, and also provided them information to share with parents,” stated Minister Lafferty.

Only six other jurisdictions in Canada provide online child care inspection summaries, putting NWT among the lead. The new inspection system came into effect as of April 1, 2015, with information on all new inspections now available online.

For detailed information please visit: rightfromthestart.ca or www.ece.gov.nt.ca.

Media inquiries:

Tami Johnson
Education, Culture and Employment
Tel: 867-920-6147
Email:  [email protected]

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