HURON COUNTY – In an attempt to attract new home childcare providers, Huron County will be hosting online information sessions on how to be approved under the County's Licensed Home Child Care program.
“We are aware of the high demand for childcare spots across Huron County and we are actively seeking new home-based providers, particularly in the North Huron, Howick, and South Huron areas," says Diane Millian, supervisor of Huron County Children's Services.
The program's goal is to streamline the approval process and support individuals interested in becoming a licenced home childcare provider.
Huron County Children's Services and Huron County Economic Development collaborated on this project, which consists of two sessions.
The first session is a general information session that includes a description of how licensed home childcare is delivered and regulated, a media release said.
The second session is intended for serious applicants to learn more about running their childcare operation as a business. Ongoing support and guidance for participants are provided after the sessions by Children's Services and small business support staff.
Millian said that the process takes anywhere from three weeks to three months, so this intake period is perfect timing for anyone who wants to start in September.
She added that there were limited licensed home childcare options before the COVID-19 pandemic began and noted that the pandemic has only increased the need for home childcare settings as parents are looking for smaller group sizes for their children.
This program was developed to encourage more childcare spaces within Huron County and now provides a new opportunity for interested individuals.
“This program is aimed for those looking to earn an income while working from home,” said Patrick Donnelly, entrepreneur and business coach with Huron County Economic Development. “It provides a promising self-employment opportunity, and we can help people through their start-up journey.”
Donnelly added that this is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, recent graduates, and retirees with some spare time.
The Home Child Care Development Program was launched in November 2020, and two intakes of the program have already happened. These sessions will continue to run several times a year to eventually fill Huron County's quota of available licenses for approved home childcare centres.
For more information about the Home Child Care Development Program, register for the general information session being held virtually on June 1 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To register, visit https://home-child-care-general-info session.eventbrite.ca/.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times