Child Care Accreditation

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

To demonstrate that a childcare center provides quality care and meets high standards of excellence, the center can opt for an accreditation from an independent childcare organization. The process of accreditation is not mandatory, it only adds to the credibility of the childcare program.

Accreditation is a rigorous process that involves among other things a thorough review of the program by the accrediting body, and on-site visit. Accredited childcare centers exceed most standards of quality set by the licensing process. Besides, accreditation makes it easier for parents to choose the right program for their children.

Accreditation can be obtained for day care centers as well as family day homes. The process of accreditation consists of the following phases:

If all these requirements are met, the day care facility is granted an accredition generally for a period of 3 to 5 years. However, the program needs to submit an annual report every year to the reviewing body. This report should document all changes within the facility as well as proof of continued compliance with all policies.

Some of the characteristics that the visiting team from the accreditation body looks for are:

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